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Hen cannot swallow

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I have a 4 year old RIR that began making the stretched neck, gaping, congestion, hard to swallow movements several weeks ago. She has been treated once with Tylan 50 (3 days), and this week with Valbazen for worms on 5/9/16 because I found round worms in her poo after feeding her raw buttermilk for a couple days. Her comb is still red and she wants to eat but has a lot of trouble getting anything down. She is going downhill but still has spirit! I hard cook egg yolks and then mash them up in water or buttermilk and she is able to consume some of that. She doesn't want yogurt. I've done quite a bit of research on BYC forums and they have been very helpful. I have her separated and saw no need to medicate other chickens. We have 2 acres of pasture for the birds to free range. We do not use pesticides or other chemicles on the property. They are fed laying mash, fresh water, raw veggie treats and scratch. It is very humid and hot here. We have wet winters and springs. Seems like a hen gets sick particularity after these wet spells. It is impossible to keep them out of water puddles. We have thick clay here that retains water. There are lots of snails too. Coops are cleaned bi-weekly unless they are smelly. If anyone has a suggestion, I would appreciate it.
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How does her crop feel, and does it empty by morning? How much Tylan 50 did she get? It can be given for 5 days, and it can be given twice a day. For 5 lb hen give 1 ml, and for a 7 lb hen give 1.4 ml. I would give it orally. Be sure and repeat the Valbazen after 10-14 days. Aspergillosis is a respiratory disease from mold, and can be complicated by secondary diseases. It can be hard to diagnose something complicated without help from a vet or testing lab.
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Right now, her crop is small and soft. She cannot swallow firm food. A couple days ago when I checked her crop, it felt partially full and soft. As I was gently massaging her crop, it went flat like it was full of air! I give her 1 cc Tylan 50 once a day for 3 days, injected into her breast because I'm not sure she can swallow that much on bread. They'll eat anything on bread. I had read that the Tylan gets into the blood system quicker when injected but I'll see if she can take it orally. Are you saying to give her 1 cc twice a day or 1/2 cc twice a day for 5 days? It doesn't appear to be sour crop. The only Vet we found who would treat our chickens charges a fortune and doesn't impress us with her concern for a mere chicken. You know what I mean?
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