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Diagnosis/Treatment

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by gforcerj, Dec 13, 2015.

  1. gforcerj

    gforcerj New Egg

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    Our eight month old Ameracauna hen has started making a strange motion with her mouth. My initial thought was a respiratory infection and treated with Tylan. When that didn't work I tried de-worming (flock was due anyway) with Rooster Booster Multi Wormer. Still, no improvement. She does fairly well, but not quite as active as before the illness. I have attached a link to a video...if anyone has any advice I would be extremely grateful.


     
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    Ameraucanas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! She looks pretty sick. Can you take her to a vet?

    Vet search links:


    If you can't take her to a vet, you might want to read this:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1048620/how-to-provide-emergency-and-supportive-care

    -Kathy
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    How is she doing now? It looks like she has either got something caught in her throat, or there is something affecting her airway, possibly a type of worm. Can you look into her throat with a light while someone holds her? Look for any yellow patches or a foreign body. Gapeworm is a worm that can cause such severe distress that a chicken cannot eat or drink. It an be treated with 3 straight days of SafeGuard (fenbendazole) given orally 1/4 ml per pound.
     
  5. gforcerj

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    Thanks everybody. Sadly, we lost the girl last night despite our best efforts. She was a sweet girl and will be missed. I haven't seen anyone else in the flock with similar symptoms, but will definitely be on high alert.
     
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    It might be a good idea to have a few of their droppings checked at the vet for worms, or you could go ahead and treat for gapeworm with SafeGuard for 3 days. Sorry for your loss. A necropsy could help you find out if she had gapworm or something stuck in her airway, if you still have the body. If you cut open the trachea, gapes can be seen as red Y-shaped worms. Aspergillosis ( afungal infection from mold that can spread throughout the air sacs and organs) could also be a possibility. The state vet is also able to do a complete necropsy. Here is a link for that:
    http://www.usaha.org/Portals/6/StateAnimalHealthOfficials.pdf

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  7. bigggamefarm

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    Rooster playing with his hackle feather making it wet is it gapworm?
     

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