What might have caused this? GRAPHIC processed cockerel picture heavy

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by HorseFeatherz NV, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Young cockerel – hatched beginning of July – processed today. Free ranged with the main flock, same flock he was hatched into. Flock raiser, home mixed whole grain scratch – safflower, sunflower, boss, white wheat, whole oats, millet – plus household scraps.

    No noticeable bruising on his back – or any place on the body, like he might have if he had been in a fight or disciplined by the head roo. He looked fine internally otherwise. Not overly fat – but with a small cavity reserve – not thin or underdeveloped.

    I have not seen this in any of the other cockerels or roosters that I have processed. The “discoloration” seems to have been moving to the other testis – his right, our left.

    The only thing different about this cockerel – he is one of two chicks raised by a call duck, the other a pullet. The duck hatched a bunch – 8 but I gave 6 to another broody chicken to mother – none of the other “duck hatched – chicken raised” cockerels were like this. Ducks and the main flock “live” together – they share a coop/run and all free range on 11 desert acres from sunup to sundown.

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  2. ladrholman

    ladrholman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no idea but it looks interesting!!!
     
  3. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    I have no idea either - I thought maybe cancer? but have no clue.

    Hoped someone else might.
     
  4. kooltex

    kooltex Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Weird! Cut the testicle open and take a pic. I have never seen such a dark testicle, and Ive butchered 100's of roos.
     
  5. maizey

    maizey Chillin' With My Peeps

    a torsion or herniation? did he get his knickers in a twist somehow and cut the blood supply?
     
  6. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    OK – cut in half - I may never eat purple grapes again [​IMG]


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    Quote:Good question. The left (his right) had much better veining than the grey one, but the grey did have some veining.
     
  7. kooltex

    kooltex Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How very strange. Looks normal except for the color. Doesn't look infected, or necrotic. Hmmmmm........maybe it was lack of normal blood flow, but usually things would tend to have a blue hue. I dunno, but strange how the other testicle showed a little bit of graying as well. It looks pigmented. Sure would be interesting to find out.
     
  8. spikennipper

    spikennipper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does he have any silkie in him? my black silkie roos that I had to cull had black testicles, I think this may be pigment, they don't look diseased, as he matured further they probably both would have gone grey.
     
  9. kooltex

    kooltex Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Silkies have black testicles! That would make sense. It does look pigmented, definantly.
     
  10. cat1994

    cat1994 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no idea what it could be!!!
     

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