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Anyone ever had gapeworm in their chickens?  If so, what symptoms did you see,  how did you treat and with what?  I can only get Wazine in my feed store

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This first thread tells how to tell if they have gapeworm, which Wazine won't kill.  You will need a wormer sold for other animals, such as goats, or cattle.  TSC carries many of them or you can get them online.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/419463/if-they-have-worms-what-is-the-treatment/10

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/419463/if-they-have-worms-what-is-the-treatment/10

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/576036/necropsy-results-is-not-coryza-or-crd-parasites-are-rampant

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post #3 of 10

Here's how you treat gapeworm, Covey Rise Plantation is the expert. Posts #13 and #14.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/602699/worming-chickens/10#post_7931055


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As usual, great info from Dawg53.  Bookmarking.

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Thanks so much for all the advice and info.  Not sure if my rooster has gape worm but I intend to treat with Ivermectin today.  This is day 4 and he's still wheezing.  I have Sulmet in his water, yesterday I gave him electrolytes and vits in his water plus I'm rubbing VetRx on his comb but still no change.  He's still bright eyed, eating etc but the wheezing is still the same.  We live by the Dismal Swamp so I'm now thinking I should be worming my chickens on a regular basis.  I've never wormed them before.  Thanks again!

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Originally Posted by branston View Post

Thanks so much for all the advice and info.  Not sure if my rooster has gape worm but I intend to treat with Ivermectin today.  This is day 4 and he's still wheezing.  I have Sulmet in his water, yesterday I gave him electrolytes and vits in his water plus I'm rubbing VetRx on his comb but still no change.  He's still bright eyed, eating etc but the wheezing is still the same.  We live by the Dismal Swamp so I'm now thinking I should be worming my chickens on a regular basis.  I've never wormed them before.  Thanks again!

Most likely you're dealing with a respiratory disease such as mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG) or coryza. If there's a foul odor around the head area, it's coryza. Otherwise it might be MG. Here's a link, scroll down and you can read about the 2 diseases I mentiioned. It includes symptoms and treatments:

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
 

 


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This has me completely baffled!  The only symptom he is displaying is the wheezing.  Eyes and nostrils clear, no discharge atall, no odour.  He's my top roo in a flock of 30 (I have another roo that's second in command) and all the others are fine.  Thanks again!

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If a hen has gape worm, how long can she last?  Im just now finding some sort of treatment for it and she has been struggling for weeks with symptoms.  She sleeps a lot and is very gray in the face.  She only gasps for breath when she is runs from some threat.  As long as she is most still or moving slowly her breathing seems fine.  She has a great appetite.  I tried treating with some Denagard that I had but I just found out from this thread that there is some other treatment through TSC.  Im looking for it.  If any one knows the specific treatment to purchase, please let me know.  I need to get something ASAP at this point.

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If a hen has gape worm, how long can she last?  Im just now finding some sort of treatment for it and she has been struggling for weeks with symptoms.  She sleeps a lot and is very gray in the face.  She only gasps for breath when she is runs from some threat.  As long as she is most still or moving slowly her breathing seems fine.  She has a great appetite.  I tried treating with some Denagard that I had but I just found out from this thread that there is some other treatment through TSC.  Im looking for it.  If any one knows the specific treatment to purchase, please let me know.  I need to get something ASAP at this point.

If you read post #13 in the link I provided in my post #3 in this thread, you'd have read that birds w/ gapes dont last more than a week if they're lucky. Additionally they wont eat nor drink anything, they are too occupied trying to breathe to stay alive instead of suffocating. Most likely you're dealing with a respiratory disease of some sort. Which disease it is will require bloodwork or a necropsy. Denagard specifically treats mycoplasma diseases. If it is a respiratory disease, I recommend that you cull the bird to prevent it from spreading to other birds.


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I need to do the Q-tip test on her. Ive watched Utube showing a hen with gapeworm.  She is acting just like that hen, even the trip to the grain dish is similar.  The periodic shaking of the head too.   Thanks for your reply. Ive order a d-wormer from the Vet shop. I just hope she can last until it arrives.
 

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