I have a hen that is approx 1 year old with a beak that needs trimming periodically. When I notice that she is stuggling to eat, we get out the clippers, wrangle her and nip of a bit of the beak. It usually helps. This time however, she still won't eat. She seems to be gasping a lot also. She will stick her head into the food that is offered and not take any. I thought about gape worms, but I can see nothing down her throat. Now she just sits with that droopy hunched over sick chicken look. I can't afford a vet right now, and I am at a loss for what to do I got her as a semi-wild hen from the local feed store. The fellow let his spring chickens have the run of his property and I rescued her so she wouldn't be eaten by the predators. Most of his flock were picked off by dogs or coyotes. She has been a pretty sweet and tame girl in spite of all this. I don't know what breed she is, but when I got her, she was our big black chicken. She was huge!!! Not so much any more If she has gape worms will it spread to my other 4 hens? Thanks for any info you might provide, Jean Update: 05/06 Well, The folks at one of our local feed stores claimed that we won't see much gapeworm her. His suggestion was Fried Chicken :| Anyway, I thought I might have to put her down. In addition to "gasping", she started to develop some foamy congestion that was leaking from her mouth and nose. I was more worried about her passing some infection on to our other birds at this point. I'm afraid that I don't have a good place to keep her away from the the others at his time. Today, she seemed a bit better so I made her some oatmeal and beans and locked the others up so that she could eat undistrurbed. She ate her fill and seems a little stronger. Keep your fingers crossed for her.