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Please help - emergency problem (maybe breathing)

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Sandra is barely breathing (please see video). She is a two year old Ameraucana, lays one egg every day, even until yesterday. I cleaned the coop a couple months ago and added DE around the perimeters per usual. I added apple cider vinegar to their water (I have 4 chickens) this morning. All other chicks are okay and laying. Have had all since days old. Please help - what do I do!?!https://youtu.be/gUU4kUcgZ1s
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Oh my, she really looks in distress. Could she have a gapeworm infestation? It looks a lot like that. Usually chickens with gapeworm are in so much distress that they cannot eat or drink. The other things to look for would be a foreign object or a piece of food stuck in her airway, so look into it with a flashlight. Does she have any nasal secretions or is she coughing up any blood-tinged mucus that could be a disease called ILT (infectious laryngotracheitis?)  The treatment for gapeworm is fenbendazole (SafeGuard Liquid Goat Wormer) 1/4 ml per pound given for 5 straight days. Levamisole also can be used. If you can get her to a vet or emergency center, it would be good.

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@eggcessive - thank you so much for your response, it's deeply appreciated. I cleaned her vent area just now, didn't see anything abnormal other than the usual little crusties. She went back to her nester because it's night time so I will hope that she can make it until the morning to look down her throat for an object or swab it for that worm. No nasal secretions mucus coughing. I pick her up every day and thought a couple days ago it sounded like she was wheezing a bit but nothing to this degree. Please let me know if any of this changes anything. If she (crossing fingers/praying)ales it until the morning I will surely see a vet asap for that treatment. Thanks again.
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Sadly I just checked on her and she had passed. I saw about 30 minutes ago when she yelped that there wasn't an obstruction in her throat, or worms. I cuddled her then, and just saw she wasn't alive anymore. Burying her but very sad. Should I give the others antibiotics or the dewormer you suggested just in case? Thanks @eggcessive
Edited by Namasteci - 10/11/15 at 7:51pm
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