Chicken looks a bit "off"?


6 Years
Aug 17, 2013
Hi there.

For the past two days my Orp Bantam has looked a bit down in the dumps and not eating much but I can't figure out what is wrong.

She laid the day before yesterday (after she started looking poorly) so don't think there's any problems in that area.
Her eyes are clear, no sneezing or wheezing etc.
No mites, lice etc (treated the coop for redmite two days ago but there was only a tiny amount, pretty sure they're all gone now).
Wormed last week.
Her comb is lovely and red, although she looks a little pale in the face (but it's not unusual for her before laying).
Her crop is fine, I felt it yesterday morning and it felt a bit soft (think she may have just had a little water before I felt it), there was no smell but I got bought some maggots for them anyway and this morning her crop is empty.
Some of her poops look okay, some of them are watery, but I think that's down to the fact she's off her food.

Have had to put her with my 3 young faverolles as the other girls are picking on her a little, she seems a bit happier with them.

Does anyone have any clue what it could be?

Thank you :) x
Hope it's okay to bump this post.

I really need some help. This is day 3 of barely eating and I've not seen her drink today. She's just lied down at the back of the run which is not like her. Any ideas anyone? x
Do you use apple cider vinegar in the chickens' water. Plain yogurt with bacterial culture in it might help with the vinegar to get her digestive system healthy. Have you had any cocci before in your flock? Could she have been exposed to a new strain of it from the faverolles? Since you have checked all of the usual systems that have problems, I'm not really sure of her problem unless it is a start of sour crop. If it gets full and squishy especially first thing in the morning that would look like sour crop. A treatment of anti-cocci medicine or an general antibiotic would be all I could think of to try.
Thank you Eggcessive, but I think I have found the cause (well, sort of!)

I went to check on her and she was "coughing" with her mouth wide open, like something was stuck in her throat, I seriously thought she was going to die so in my panic I tipped her upside down and give her throat a really good rub which seemed to dislodge whatever it was. I've given her some sugar water and she tucked into some mash after that and looked much better. There is still a slight gurgle with her breathing, though, which sounds like it's coming from her throat more than her lungs.

I've had a girl who has been rattling for about 6 weeks, been on 3 courses of ABs which did nothing and the only thing that matched all of her symptoms was gapeworm. They've all been wormed 3 times in the past three months but I can't get rid of it, I'm thinking this is what my Orp may have as well.

What else can I do to treat gapeworm? I'm using flubenvet x

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