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post #11 of 19
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We found 2 small red worms, but her whole trachea was bright red. Not sure if they were gape or not, but the infection is what definitely killed her.  My local feed store suggests I add oxytetracycline to the water for 10 days for the 7 remaining chickens.

 

To deworm all of them: Sunday I dosed their water with Wazine and Tuesay I gave each one an oral does of Safe-Guard.

 

Will the oxytetracycline OD them? I don't want to kill my girls from over medicating.

post #12 of 19

Here's what gapeworm look like in the trachea:


The oxytet wont kill gapeworm if that's what it is. I'd dose them orally with the safeguard 1cc to each chicken once a day for 5 days straight. Dose them prior to feeding them early in the mornings, it will make the wormer more effective.

You could always take a fecal sample to a vet to be looked at under a microscope for worm eggs. If it's negative, then it's a respiratory issue. Then you can use the oxytet. Good luck.

post #13 of 19
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I think it is respiratory. The worms did not look like that.

I did one dose Safe-Guard on Tuesday to all the hens. Didn't give yesterday because it didn't look like gape worms.

Will giving the oxytetracycline be safe after the Safe-Guard dose Tuesday? Don't want to kill my hens with meds. The local feed store recommended the oxytetracycline

post #14 of 19

There wont be any problems using the oxytetracycline after the safeguard.

post #15 of 19
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Thanks. Would you do the oxytetracycline as preventative or do the wait & see approach?

post #16 of 19

I dont recommend antibiotics as a preventative. Only use it when you see ongoing respiratory symptoms. AND more than one bird will be showing symptoms.

post #17 of 19

I think I bought the wrong thing. I bought the safe-guard equine dewormer. It is a 10% paste. Do I take it back or is there a way to use it? I have one young Isbar who is gaping. In another flock, I have a BCM that has the same symptoms. All of them are pastured, but not in the same pasture. I am thinking gape worms. These guys have never been wormed. The Isbar is 4 mo. old.

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Swedish Flower Hens, Silver Ameraucana, East Frisian Gull and lovely Silverudd Blue (formerly called Blue Isbar)

-Also limited Queen Silvia available.

 

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post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by cree57i View Post
 

I think I bought the wrong thing. I bought the safe-guard equine dewormer. It is a 10% paste. Do I take it back or is there a way to use it? I have one young Isbar who is gaping. In another flock, I have a BCM that has the same symptoms. All of them are pastured, but not in the same pasture. I am thinking gape worms. These guys have never been wormed. The Isbar is 4 mo. old.


You can use the equine paste. Just give 1 ml of it for 3 straight days orally. If you don't have a syringe, that is about a bean sized dollop. It is a safe drug, hard to overdose. Keep in mind that gapeworm is very rare, can only be seen inside a dead chicken's airway after death, but respiratory diseases such as MG, ILT, infectious bronchitis, and coryza can all look similar.

post #19 of 19

I took one of my Bielefelders to to the vet yesterday to find out she has gape worm. I had bought of wormer from them before and it happened to be what I needed now. I was told to give the hen 1 1/2 cc every morning for 5 days. After the dose yesterday she has stopped gasping for air and making a weird clucking sound all day long. But man is she lose. When this is over I'm gonna have a real washing to do on her back end.

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