Backyard Poultry Necropsy

Section: Avian

Fee: $50.00 (up to 6 birds)

Turnaround Time: 10 business days

Days Test Started: Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Species: Avian, Chicken, Turkey, Other




Minimum Amount

Whole Animal

Collection Information

GENERAL - Label all containers with appropriate information - Animal ID, Owner Name, Veterinarian, Sample Type, Date.
REFRIGERATION - Refrigerate all samples until shipment.
WHOLE ANIMAL - Refrigerate and store the body until it is able to be delivered to the lab for necropsy. With large animals, move the body to a cool, shady area away from direct sunlight. Deliver the whole body for necropsy to ADDL as soon as possible to minimize autolysis.

Shipping Information

OVERNIGHT - Ship overnight in an insulated shipper with ice packs (pack absorptive material to collect moisture) DO NOT SHIP OVER THE WEEKEND OR HOLIDAY - NO SATURDAY DELIVERY
LEAKS - Ensure all samples are in leak proof packages and clearly labeled with Tissue Type/Animal ID/Owner Name. Include absorptive material to collect any leaks - double bag any fresh tissues.
PAPERWORK - Package paperwork separately in a waterproof, sealable plastic bag. Ensure paperwork is complete and specimens are labeled for easily matching. If you are using CF.755 Multiple Animal Continuation Form, please include a hard copy and email a copy to
WHOLE ANIMAL - Double bag body if shipping through a courrier service.

Additional Information
This test includes the following: gross necropsy report and x5 histopathology slides. Separate charges apply for the following tests: serology, PCR, bacteriology (including antimicrobial sensitivity), parasitology, toxicology, and tests available only at other laboratories.
Species include domestic waterfowl, upland game birds (quail, chukars, pheasants, grouse, etc.), and peafowl. Psittacines (parrots or passerines (songbirds) are not included.)
This necropsy is for backyard/small flock owners whose primary income is not their poultry (non-commercial). Commercial poultry companies will be charged the necropsy livestock/poultry fee.
For necropsy livestock/poultry fee, please see Necropsy Livestock/Poultry Fee
Additional or mail-out tests will result in additional charges.
This necropsy does not cover legal or insurance cases.
*Necropsy cases will have an additional fee added for disposal of the remains.
For necropsy disposal fee, please see Necropsy Disposal Fee.

Owner-submitted necropsy cases are required to prepay at the time of submission. The sum of the prepayment will be the accessioning fee, necropsy fee, and the elected remains disposition. Payment may be made in cash or check. Fees associated with any returned checks will be added to the case. Additional charges related to the case will be billed to the client upon completion.

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