Dorking Gasping for breath

Sebright18

In the Brooder
7 Years
Feb 8, 2012
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My Dorking is gasping for breath and is coughing lots. Does anyone kniw why she is doing this? Thanks
 

ChicKat

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
9 Years
My Dorking is gasping for breath and is coughing lots. Does anyone kniw why she is doing this? Thanks
Check this link for gapeworm. See if there is a match to your symptoms and then evaluate the cure that would work for you if she possibly has it.

https://www.backyardchickens.com/search.php?search=gapeworm

Gapeworms build up in the throat, and act like a strangulation. The wormer you would need to use would have to be one that entered the chickens blood stream --because the gapeworm would be feeding on your hens blood should it be gape worm. Hope you have a quick cure.


Back again---read those posts and they didn't seem to be much help---here is some more information:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gapeworm

Accordingly instead of being rare as one person posted, it is common...especially if where you live doesn't have deep ground freezes and if your chickens can free range...or get into dirt at any time.
 
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