chicken breathing through her mouth — yawning

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by poonam, May 10, 2011.

  1. poonam

    poonam In the Brooder

    May 9, 2011
    Oakland, CA
    Hi folks! i'm new to the backyard chickens forum.

    I have a chicken who occasionally breaks into a long series of what looks like yawns, closes her eyes while she's at it. I don't think it's just that she's sleepy, it looks more like she's gently breathing through her mouth. She has no issues with eating or drinking water, though it seems like she's drinking a really large amount of water, and her poop is watery. The main faecal matter is not runny, there's just a lot of water in her poop. She seems pretty healthy overall, with the exception of her bouts of mouth breathing and napping. she seems a little less perky than our other healthy chickens. There is a little one in the coop with her as well, and she seems to be doing a similar thing.

    Any ideas on what it might be?

    Thank you!


  2. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    Kind of sounds like Gapeworm to me

    And Hello [​IMG] from Hesperia,CA and [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 10, 2011
  3. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    [​IMG] from Indiana!!!!! [​IMG]
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC. Most likely needs worming.

  5. MSDeb

    MSDeb Songster

    Welcome to BYC, glad you decided to join us. Good luck with your birds.
  6. poonam

    poonam In the Brooder

    May 9, 2011
    Oakland, CA
    thanks folks! do you think it's likely that she has gapeworm even though her appetite is fine? have y'all tried any natural treatments (garlic, DE, olive oil) that has worked? I'm also feeling like the area around her eyes seem a tad swollen but i may be paranoid.
  7. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. Sorry to hear about hen. You should post her problem the Emergencies/Diseases section on the index page. You will probably get more help there. [​IMG]

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