Gapeworm-Getting better or worse?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DantesInferno, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. DantesInferno

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    I have a pullet who I had posted about with gapeworm. She seems to be doing much better since I dewormed her with ivermectin three or four days ago, but shes walking around like a penguin and very thin. She's stopped yawning almost all together but now she's began to shake her head. Poop is normal, and she seems to be alot more active then she was. How can I start putting weight on her? Is the head shaking normal, like is she just trying to get the remainder of the worms out or are they coming back? Should I deworm her with something else soon? Also, will she ever walk like a chicken again? This is how she looks now:
    [​IMG] On a side note, I'm sorry if I'm asking stupid questions, for awhile, when I was trying to figure out what was going on with her, she was so thin, cold, and lathargic, you had to check for signs of life on her when ever you walked over to her. She's litterly come back from the dead, I'd hate to see her die now, she's a fighter.
     
  2. dawg53

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    How did you determine she had gapeworm?
     
  3. DantesInferno

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    It fit the symptoms of gapeworms, and she got remarkably better after we dewormed her, it really was the only thing that fit what was goin on with her. Now this head shaking thing just started, sort of like she's trying to dislodge something other then that she looks fine, just really really thin.
     
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    Most likely you are dealing with some type of a respiratory disease rather than gapeworm. Gapeworm are somewhat rare in chickens. If your bird had gapes, most likely your bird wouldve been dead by now.
     
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    I found this video on youtube, this is how she looked, there wasn't any coughing or sneezing, just gasping, but she looked weaker then this though.
     
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