Chicken Hen having trouble breathing. Maybe gapeworm???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by EmilyWrightOR, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. EmilyWrightOR

    EmilyWrightOR New Egg

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    I have a hen that I noticed was having a hard time breathing at about 3 o'clock today. We tried tipping her over and massaging her crop, swinging her, giving her a little vegetable oil, checked for throat blockage and egg blockage, all kinds of things. All other hens seem fine. I'm thinking possibly gapeworm... There looked like there was a little bit of blood in her stool but not a lot. She also hacked up a little bright red mucus but it wasn't a worm... I'm lost. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

    Video here->
    https://www.facebook.com/EmilyACox/posts/10212762478203145
     
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    I'm trying to upload a video but can't figure it out...
     
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  3. QueenBubbles

    QueenBubbles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, she does sound bad!
    I am no expert but no one else has piped up so I'll tell you what I did when one of my hens had labored breathing as a stop gap:
    First day/night: I brought her inside, set up a humidifier and put Vicks vapor rub on her feet/legs and under her wings.
    The next day I bought VetRx, NutriDrench and Tylan (antibiotic). If yours has gapeworm, the Tylan isn't what you want.
    My girl improved with just the vaporizer, VetRx and NutriDrench, so that is as far as I can help.
    I hope you caught it soon enough and are able to figure out what it is. She is a pretty girl!
     
  4. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Hi[​IMG] Welcome To BYC

    Can you take her to a vet?
    Any photos of the poop or the bright red mucous that she hacked up?
    Does she have mucous coming from her nostrils and watery eyes in the video - it's hard to tell?
    How does her crop feel - has it emptied?
    How long have you had her?

    If you are seriously seeing red mucous, then you need to keep her separated and practice bio-security between her and your flock.
    The bloody poop and mucous are concerning - I encourage you to see vet care and have some testing performed.
     
  5. EmilyWrightOR

    EmilyWrightOR New Egg

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    I have tried finding a vet for the chicken and so far no luck.

    No watery eyes or really any other signs of sickness... :/

    She is separated from the flock already also.
     
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  6. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    She sounds like she has a respiratory illness. Red mucous could be an indication of ILT, but without vet care/testing there is no way to know.
    Red/bloody poop could be Coccidiosis, but if you saw red/bloody mucous coming from the beak/nostrils, then I would be more worried about ILT.

    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044

    This may be helpful in locating a vet:
    http://www.aav.org/search/custom.asp?id=1803
     
  7. QueenBubbles

    QueenBubbles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did she make it? Any luck finding a vet?
     

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