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Is Gapeworm detected through a fecal test?

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I have a hen who has gasping for air problems. It only happens at night while she is sleeping or if I hold her. She has seen a vet 4 times and has had her droppings tested for worms twice. Gapeworms are in the throat,right? If so would this be detected through a fecal testing? They say she is clear of worms but she just won't get better.She has been sick since the beginning of January and I need to figure out what is wrong with her. She has been on Baytril twice and Clavamox once. Thanks everyone!

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Gapeworm can be seen during a necropsy by looking into the trachea or windpipe after death. I don'tknow if it is possible to see it with a fecal float. Chickens with gapeworm cannot eat or drink, and are severely gasping for air. Fenbendzole (Safeguard Liquid Goat Wormer, Equine paste, Panacur Equine paste) is the best treatment at 1/4 ml per pound of weight given orally 5 days in a row.
Does she sleep in the coop at night on a roost? She could have some anatomical problem with breathing, or be suffering from aspergillosis or an allery.
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Gapeworm can be seen during a necropsy by looking into the trachea or windpipe after death. I don'tknow if it is possible to see it with a fecal float. Chickens with gapeworm cannot eat or drink, and are severely gasping for air. Fenbendzole (Safeguard Liquid Goat Wormer, Equine paste, Panacur Equine paste) is the best treatment at 1/4 ml per pound of weight given orally 5 days in a row.
Does she sleep in the coop at night on a roost? She could have some anatomical problem with breathing, or be suffering from aspergillosis or an allery.

She actually is sleeping on top of our couch. She wasn't eating very well until I started feeding her Nutri-Cal. It has even helped her energy. During the day there are moments she looks so depressed, tired,and lethargic, and there are moments she looks fine. Unless I am holding her she does not have the breathing problem during the day.

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