Why Necropsy

When the owner raised the lid of the incubator, they discovered that the blue hen had died while sitting on eight viable eggs. You will never guess what was discovered during the necropsy (it was a hen that I had owned in the past but had since sold): there was a seed husk in the lung! It had begun to fester, which led to an infection that ultimately proved fatal to the bird.

When it’s time to feed my birds, I take forty seed containers outside, where I stand one at a time and blow the hulls off of the seeds. I also use a sifter (either a flour sifter or a mesh sifter with a handle will work just as well; DO NOT use a colander), and I pour the contents of the seed cup into it to remove the dust. I have always had the impression that it could not be healthy for the bird to be inhaling the dust that is in the space between the seeds.

There are two essential takeaways from this: the first is that you should definitely avoid letting hulls build up and instead blow off the hulls on a daily basis. Additionally, this enables you to observe the total amount of food that your birds consume. NECROPSY, NECROPSY, AND NECROPSY comes in at a close second and third, respectively. If the responsible bird owner had not taken the bird in, there would have been much conjecture and wonder, as well as the worry of not knowing whether the male was, 1. Infected with something that came from the hen, or 2. Sick and had infected the hen with his illness. Necropsy is the only method that can accurately characterize your issue, yet it is also the most invasive. You can live with accidents like this, but it is foolish to worry yourself sick when you have a tool available to rule out illness; you can live with accidents like this, but it is foolish to worry yourself sick when you have a tool available to rule out illness. This is a strange thing to have happened, but strange things can and do happen, and you always want to rule out illness.

If you are having a hard time deciding whether to cremate a beloved pet or perform an autopsy on it, and the decision is causing you emotional distress, I have some advice for you: You have the option of having a gross necropsy performed, after which the attending physician will apply a small amount of surgical glue to the body in order to seal it, and then you will be able to pick up your animal in order to bury it. A lab that I can send directly to has a small box that I can check if I want the body returned.

You might be wondering, “If my bird is a pet, why do I need to have a necropsy done on it?” You should be aware that many diseases can be spread via the air, because you may want another bird and you want to make sure that you did not have an ailment that could be passed on to the new bird. You NEED to know that.

Last but not least, there are diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans, and you might contract some of these.

Please remember to always take into consideration necropsy; although it might not shed any light on what caused the death of your bird, knowing the reason of death might help you sleep better.

Necropsy Procedures:

If you were to wake up one day and discover that your bird has passed away. First, let your tears dry, and then get to work. Create a solution of dishwashing liquid that is mildly soapy. Take the bird, submerge it in the water, fluff its feathers, then pat it dry thereafter to get rid of any remaining water that may be pouring off. Put the chicken in a plastic bag with a zip-top closure and store it in the refrigerator. DO NOT STORE IT IN THE FREEZER. Call you veterinarian. Inquire as to where the bird can be delivered or, if you are fortunate enough to have one within driving distance, where the bird can be picked up.

If you are going to the veterinarian by car, take a cooler large enough to hold six cans, fill it with ice, lay the bag containing the bird inside the cooler, and transport it in this manner. The trick is to maintain a calm demeanor. 40 degrees is a good temperature, but it’s not essential.

If the bird needs to be sent, make sure to get it out the door as soon as possible in the morning and send it using Fed Ex or USPS Next Day Air. I use the United States Postal Service. It will cost approximately $17.00 to ship overnight from coast to coast if the item is packed appropriately.

Put something that has already been frozen, such a pack of water or a chemical, into a plastic bag. You have the option of purchasing these packs from your veterinarian, asking them to give you some to store in your freezer, or making them on your own at home. I prefer the Vets package since it has something that keeps it frozen for a longer period of time than simply freezing water alone would. I use a bag with a zip lock to enclose the frozen pack. I now place the newspaper, the ice pack, and the bird, which is still contained within its own individual zip lock bag, into the USPS Priority box, and then I take it to the post office to have it mailed or sent via Fed Ex. Never send packages to a post office box. Employ a street address at all times. Call the veterinary clinic or lab where the bird will be examined before you send it in the mail. Make sure they are aware that you will be shipping the bird, as well as the anticipated arrival date ( normally within 24 hours is fine). Your veterinarian might find it more convenient to call the lab or another veterinarian who is an alternative choice. I much rather take care of it myself. Be sure to tell them who you are, what species of bird you are giving, when it passed away, and all you know about the circumstances surrounding the bird’s passing ( was it sick or was it sudden). If you were administering treatment to the bird, make sure to detail when each medication was started and when it was stopped. What the bird consumed most recently. Anything that you believe might be of assistance. Put everything in writing, and be sure to include it in the shipment along with the bird. Be certain that they have your telephone number, and then request both a call, if at all feasible, and a written report to be sent to you in the mail. Unless you are very knowledgeable in comprehending medical jargon, you will need to take the report to a veterinarian so that it may be interpreted.

Every time I have a problem with one of my birds, I take it to the same clinic. Necropsies are required to be performed on everything here; there are no exemptions. If a bird that I have sold to another person dies, I request the new owner to bring the body to my veterinarian so that a necropsy can be performed. If you are in the business of breeding animals, it is, in my opinion, an essential component of your overall operation. If you are a person who has pets, it may be more difficult for you to cope with this situation; nevertheless, if you have other birds, you should attempt to put your emotional feelings to the side and do what you can to help the situation.

Aspergillosis, Candidiasis, Chlamydiosis, Pacheco’s, Papillomavirus, PDD, Hypovitaminosis of A vitamin, Egg Binding, Egg Yolk peritonitis, and Liver Disease and in Parrotlets Mega Bacteria are some of the most common causes of death other than accidents. In parrotlets, mega bacteria are also a common cause of death. There are numerous more potential reasons, such as viruses and severe dysfunctions in organ systems.

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