Dorking Gasping for breath

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Sebright18, May 22, 2012.

  1. Sebright18

    Sebright18 In the Brooder

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    My Dorking is gasping for breath and is coughing lots. Does anyone kniw why she is doing this? Thanks
     
  2. Mike Winters

    Mike Winters Songster

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    shes choking on something or had something go down the wrong pipe
     
  3. 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.
     
    Last edited: May 23, 2012

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