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Originally Posted by amanda1 View Post

The vet attempted to look down her throat but the bird was not cooperating so she gave up. She did give her some type of one dose oral medication for worms while we were there. I had looked down her throat previously and didn't see anything suspicious, but I'm no expert. I sure wish it were worms at this point, but I'd wormed her a few weeks earlier too. I also think gapeworm is rather rare?

So what are your thoughts on this?
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Hi Amanda

I'm not sure if I caught all the details but I had a head shaking Cockerel (like he had something in his throat) and he was raspy, negative for worms or anything in his fecal sample. I paid for an antibiotic, which makes him unsafe to eat, and gave him a steady treatment of probiotics and access to any desired treats -in about 6 days he recovered.
I know it's frustrating not knowing what the issue is you need to treat.
In another case I had a young pullet who was about 4 months old when she displayed similar issues, no head shake, but seemed to have trouble breathing comfortably. Voracious appetite. Rather liked being away from the other birds because she couldn't keep up to graze. She passed away suddenly one morning right after she ate breakfast. I chose not to have an autopsy done because her siblings (and none of my established flock) exhibited any like symptoms.

It's a waiting game, sometimes.
Mottled Javas, mostly with a pair of Black Copper Marans.
Looking to start a permaculture space on 2 acres and learning more about agroforestry.
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Mottled Javas, mostly with a pair of Black Copper Marans.
Looking to start a permaculture space on 2 acres and learning more about agroforestry.
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I use pine shavings I get at TSC as their bedding. I do my best to keep it clean. None of the other birds have symptoms. This hen has been head shaking for months. She has a rather large comb, so initially I thought it had to do with her not being used to her new comb. I wish I'd paid more attention to it when I first noticed it. It was quite a while after the head shaking started that I noticed her difficulty breathing. I plan on getting her autopsied if she dies, if nothing else, to help other chicken owners.

Yesterday was rainy and cool and she really seemed slow. I only had them out free ranging for about an hour and a half and I think she spent most of the rest of the time in the coop, except when I was offering treats.

With the head shaking and the vet not looking down her throat it occurred to me, maybe she has something stuck in her esophagus, but the vet said she had dry rales, so I guess that means there is something definitely in her lungs.

i have simply run out of ideas. I can tell you though, their coop smelled strongly of garlic this morning! I'm at the point where maybe I just need to leave her alone and hope her immune system will knock whatever it is out. I am just not good at doing nothing!
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