Weirdo “thing” found in pullet necropsy... What is it?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickenmomma16, Dec 17, 2017.

  1. chickenmomma16

    chickenmomma16 Songster

    Jul 16, 2012
    Buckley, Washington
    Short story, I let out all my chickens to free range for a bit and they were all accounted for but when I locked the run at their bed time, one of my 6mo old golden sex link was dead in the run without a feather out of place. So obviously I had to open her up. Curiosity always gets the best of me!

    I didn’t notice anything abnormal about her the day before or the day I let them out. I’m usually pretty good about noticing anything off. So, I opened her up, and all looked normal except her ovaries. There was absolutely no egg, yolks, or a mixture of the 2 was found anywhere. Which right away was a red flag because the other 4 pullets have all started laying like crazy for weeks. I found this in her vent area. It was very dense and obviously was not supposed to be there. It looked like a massive plug.

    Has anyone seen anything like this? What caused it? It didn’t look like enough to kill her but I guess it did.

  2. WhiteWyan

    WhiteWyan Songster

    May 17, 2017
    Ulster Park
    It's a lash egg. Pus and dead cells. Probably an infection. Sorry to hear about your bird... Horrible.
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  3. coach723

    coach723 Crowing

    Feb 12, 2015
    North Florida
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  4. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Crossing the Road

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    Agreed - looks like Salpingitis to me. @coach723 has given you some very good links to read.

    @chickenmomma16 I'm sorry to hear about your hen :hugs but I'm glad you were able to open her up to find out the cause. The photo and your information will be helpful to others.
    (can't help but smile at your title though - "weirdo thing":))
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  5. Patinas

    Patinas Songster

    Mar 22, 2017
    So sorry you lost your hen! I have no experience with lash eggs but I agree with everyone else that's what it looks like per the many pictures I've seen on here.

    I just wanted to say good for you for being able to do a necropsy on her! I see many posts on here where a bird will die and the owner never figures out why it died. That would drive me crazy not knowing the why!
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  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    It would be interesting to cut it open. There are many pictures of lash eggs if you Google lash egg images. Cancer in the reproductive tract is another common cause of death in hens. Good for you doing a necropsy. I have done a couple, and they are not for the faint of heart, but can be very helpful in identifying a cause of death. Sorry for your loss.
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  7. chickenmomma16

    chickenmomma16 Songster

    Jul 16, 2012
    Buckley, Washington
    Thanks everyone for your condolences.
    Now that I read the articles and saw different pictures I had an old RIR hen pass one of those. It was years ago but much bigger and different shape. I forgot about it until now.

    This lash egg was small enough that she should have passed it easily, it was only about as big as my thumb. Poor girl.

    She didn’t go to waste either, my dog is on a raw diet and she was able to feed him.
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  8. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Free Ranging

    Jun 23, 2013
    The Big Island/Hawaii
    Sorry for your loss

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