I had to run some errands, and when I came home around 2pm, I checked on her again, and found that she had passed away.
Since this was the second chicken death inside a week, and the third out of ordinary event, I decided to have a necropsy done on her. Utah State University has a couple facilities that do this. One is located in Logan, the other in Nephi. Although it was incredibly inconvenient, I decided to drive her up to Logan and have a necropsy done.
I've been in a panic, worrying that it's Mareks, and that I was going to be having a leper colony/death camp on my hands.
When I got there, the vet came out to talk to me about the whole thing. On the intake paper, there was a little line for background info, and I was not sure how to fit everything there. Luckily I was able to verbally tell the vet everything. She wasn't going to give a definitive answer without examining the bird, but she indicated that she thought I'd just had a run of bad luck, and it probably was not mareks or any other infectious disease. Even though it was 4:30pm by the time I got there, she said they'd get to work on the chicken the next morning (this morning).
I heard back from her by 10:00am. Amazingly fast results! This is what her email said:
the chicken died of chronic yolk peritonitis ( this was going on for days to over a week). There is a mass on the ovary, could be an infection, but more likely a tumor. I will have slides Friday and know more then as to specifically what the mass is, but this is not a flock health issue, so at this point, nothing to worry about with the others. Not an infectious disease. I will let you know more Friday afternoon. Email or call me if you have any questions. Incidentally, there is no evidence of Merek’s disease in this bird.Dr. R
I am so relieved!