Chicken struggling to breath!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Blue_Myst, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. Blue_Myst

    Blue_Myst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    I'd really hope I'd never be posting here again. Guess I was wrong [​IMG]

    I just put my hens to bed tonight, and one of them is having what appears to be breathing and swallowing trouble. Her age is about 3 years, and she's a Buff Orpington. She had no symptoms prior to this point. This morning she had a little gasping, but later on in the day it got worse, and now she stretches out her neck every few seconds when she takes a breath. I hear a heaving noise (like her breath is obstructed . . .?). She's eating. Not sure about drinking but it's night time when they usually don't drink.

    Now she's started coughing, too. I see no discharge.

    I tried messaging her throat and crop gently for a few minutes. Didn't seem to help much. Since she can still eat I'm guessing it's a problem with her trachea but I honestly don't know!

    Any advice or experience would be appreciated! I love this hen to bits and I'm scared she won't make it through the night!
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    have you ever heard of gape worm? could be that is what your seeing in you BO, heres a link that gives information, but instead of using the wormer they are reccomending I'd go with Epernix pour-on because there is no egg withdrawl.. and hope she gets well https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=224991
     
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  3. Blue_Myst

    Blue_Myst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    Quote:Thank you so much! I had thought of gapeworm, but I wasn't sure how to cure it.

    I'm alarmed at how fast it set in! It only took a day for her to go from beak slightly open to gasping for breath [​IMG] If she makes it through the night, I'll be able to pick something up in the morning. [​IMG]
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I'd go ahead and worm all of your flock at the same time and this is a good wormer for external parasites too. I'll be thinking about you and her and please let us know how she is.. [​IMG]
     
  5. Blue_Myst

    Blue_Myst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    I'll try to at least deworm her. I guess I kind of always thought of gapeworm as one of those rare, impossible things, but I probably shouldn't be surprised, especially with all the worms and wild birds popping up this time of year.

    Thanks for all your help! [​IMG]
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    your very welcome and your right this time of year it seems alot of issues are popping up. worms/ mites/ lice all seem to be going on right now. so your not alone..
     
  7. wren

    wren Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is her comb bright red or a little bluish? If it gets worse in the evening she could have a respiratory problem. No harm in worming with eprinex. Um with gapeworm you might see a weird strand of mucus that the hen will swallow after coughing it up.
     
  8. Blue_Myst

    Blue_Myst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    Quote:It's still the normal red color. I'm not ruling out a respiratory problem, but as far as I can tell there hasn't been any nasal discharge, any mucus or loose stools. Maybe it's the early stages. What antibiotic would you suggest for treating a respiratory infection?
     
  9. wren

    wren Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gosh I like injectible Tylan the best. Worm everyone and watch her close. Don't let her lose weight.
     
  10. Blue_Myst

    Blue_Myst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    Quote:Thanks for the info, I'll look into Tylan! [​IMG]

    No chance of her loosing weight quickly . . . thankfully she's one of the plumpest in the flock.
     

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