Gape worm symptoms?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickenmonarchy, May 1, 2009.

  1. chickenmonarchy

    chickenmonarchy New Egg

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    Hi, i am new to this forum. I own a wonderful Cobb hen that I rescued after a commercial chicken truck overturned. I have had her 3 months and she began laying eggs 2 weeks ago. She is now big, beautiful and very sweet.

    I have treated this poor thing for everything possible and she grew and thrived. I have always noticed that she breathes at night with her beak open and quite heavily. After reading other posts on this great site I think she may have gape worms and I want to treat her immediately.

    Can someone tell me what symptoms I should be looking for?

    Thank you for all your help.
     
  2. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the poultry site gives this on gape worms
    from
    Gape - Diseases of Poultry from The Poultry SiteSyngamus trachea, a nematode worm parasite of chickens, turkeys, pheasants, ... Gaping. Dyspnoea. Head shaking. Loss of appetite and condition. ...
    www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/65/gape - 48k - Cached - Similar pages


    Gape

    Extracted From:

    A Pocket Guide to
    Poultry Health
    and
    Disease

    By Paul McMullin
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    Introduction
    Syngamus trachea, a nematode worm parasite of chickens, turkeys, pheasants, and other game and ornamental birds occurring worldwide. Infection is by the oral route with earthworms, slugs and snails acting as transfer hosts but the life cycle may also be direct, by ingestion of embryonated egg or L3. There is an 18-20 day prepatent period. The condition is seen more commonly in poultry on free range where ground may be contaminated by wild birds e.g. from rookeries.

    Signs

    Gaping.
    Dyspnoea.
    Head shaking.
    Loss of appetite and condition.
    Post-mortem lesions

    Tracheitis.
    Presence of worms, paired parasites up to 2 cm long.
    Diagnosis
    Signs and lesions, confirmation of presence of the parasite.

    Treatment
    Flubendazole in feed, levamisole.

    Prevention
    Flubendazole.
     
  3. cluckychick

    cluckychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Birds infected with gapeworms show symptons of weakness and emaciation and usually spend most of their time with eyes closed and head drawn against the body. From time to time they throw their heads forward and upward and open the mouth wide to draw in air. An infected bird may give its head a convulsive shake in an attempt to remove the obstruction (worm) from the trachea (windpipe) so that normal breathing may be resumed. Little or no food is taken by birds in advanced stages of infection, and death is usually the end result.

    Contaminated soil is the most common way the worm is transmitted---usually by way of the earthworm, slug or snail. Soil may be contaminated for as long as 4.5 yrs. Thiabendazole in the feed.

    Info. taken from: Chicken Diseseas (c) 1986
     
  4. greenesacres

    greenesacres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where do they sell the meds for this or does it have to be ordered from a hatchery/supply? Also, how is it administered?
     
  5. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    these are vet meds
    and can be order from
    first vet supply
    peter broFirst State Vet Supply - Home of the Chicken Doctor - Online Store...First State · My Account · Cart Contents · Checkout ... Copyright [​IMG] 2008 First State Vet Supply Powered by Shorefast Internet.
    www.firststatevetsupply.com/store/ - 28k - Cached - Similar pageswn is a vet
     
  6. greenesacres

    greenesacres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I have some birds free ranging that show these symptoms. It won't hurt to use the meds even if I am wrong will it?
     

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