Chicken sneezing

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by toniartist, Apr 7, 2016.

  1. toniartist

    toniartist New Egg

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    My chicken has been sneezing like this for over a month now. I tried antibiotics to no avail. She has also lost her voice, but all other behavior seems perfectly normal. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Have any others sneezed since she has been ill? Is she able to eat and drink? Is it warm where you live, or rainy? Have you seen any mold? I would get some Safeguard liquid goat wormer, and give her 1.25 ml of it (shake it well,) and give it 3-5 days in a row in case of gapeworm. Sneezing can be a sign of infectious bronchitis, a virus, but she seems to be gaping. The only way you can tell if it is gapeworm, is to cut open the windpipe or trachea after death. I hope she makes it, but if she does not improve soon, I would take her to a vet.
     
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  3. toniartist

    toniartist New Egg

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    Thank you..... no, none of the others are showing any of these symptoms. I keep a compost pile in the run and mold will develop on some of the rotting vegetation that is in it. I'll check out the gape worm possibility and keep you updated. Thank you very much.
     
  4. harmesonfarm

    harmesonfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm thinking gapeworm from what i've researched and looked at recently. That mouth gaping is as far as I understand a big tell tale.
    Currently treating our chickens for roundworm.

    Hope your chicken feels better soon!
     
  5. toniartist

    toniartist New Egg

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    I just did some research and watched some videos and yes gape worms definitely looks like the culprit.... poor little thing. I will begin treatment right away. Thanks again.

    BTW, do you think I should treat the other chickens?
     
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  6. harmesonfarm

    harmesonfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Typically my understanding is that when one chicken has worms, you treat them all. Though i'm not familiar with the thoughts on gapeworm and if it's as spreading as other worms are like roundworms. Since most worms are pretty common to chickens especially free-ranging ones where they get into a lot of bugs that can carry the eggs as well as when they scratch in the dirt where they poop (and potential eggs being in there).

    Here are some helpful links:

    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2015/11/control-treatment-of-worms-in-chickens.html

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1070477/gapeworm

    Maybe someone with better experience in gapeworm can help out too...
    Hope these help you out and your chicken feels better soon! [​IMG]
     
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