gapeworm? IB? What's making my chicken wheeze?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by meeptastic, Aug 16, 2017.

  1. meeptastic

    meeptastic In the Brooder

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    Hello! I'm new to the forum and being a chicken mom, so my inexperience is causing me a lot of distress with my first two feathered children! I have two silver sebright sisters (about 1lb, 9 months old). I'm not even sure where to start with my problems... one bird, Beep, started limping a few months ago and we figured she injured herself because their roost was a bit too high, so I isolated her in a dog crate for 2 weeks and she seemed to recover. Both birds seemed to have bumblefoot but there is no redness or swelling, and when soaking/scab pulling, etc., there was nothing and it was very shallow, so I figured I was just crazy.

    Fast forward about two months, and I noticed Beep had a very faint wheeze/gasping/rattling noise, like some kind of upper respiratory infection. I waited a few weeks and when it didn't get better, took her to a vet that sees exotics. He said the chickens don't have bumblefoot, and went with a Baytril dose, 0.1mL 1x day for 7 days. No change. He wants to charge $50 for each visit and $150 for a lab fee to see if it's viral, which I understand there's no treatment for anyway. So it's been almost 2 weeks and she still gasps when she's bent over eating, but they both act completely fine otherwise - good poops, eat like pigs, active, no discharge from eyes/nostrils. After browsing this site for even more hours, I started them both on Safeguard yesterday in case it's some kind of worm.

    Both birds are very skinny even though only one has any sort of sick symptom - I'm at such a loss for what to do next! Is Beep's injury related to her wheeze? Why are both so skinny? Any advice would be much appreciated. If extra info is needed - they eat Dumor layer crumble, sometimes organic, sometimes the regular one. Their bedding is pine shavings, and they free range in the small yard a few hours a day. Also, the vet won't prescribe Ivermectin because the fecal float came back fine, even though that only detects parasites in the G.I. tract, right? Should I see a different vet? AH! I can't even narrow down if this is a virus, fungus, bacteria, parasite, or unicorn!!

    (the bird with no symptoms is the one I'm holding upside down to show the prominent keel)


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  2. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Welcome to BYC and sorry you're having trouble with your new chickens. What state do you live in?
     
  3. meeptastic

    meeptastic In the Brooder

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    Hi and thank you! I am in Florida. It's been 90-100 degrees and raining for over a month here.
     
  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    May I suggest that you buy a digital kitchen scale to weight them, and think about switching to a higher protein all flock food? If laying, supplement oyster shell.
     
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Contact your state vet and ask about submitting blood to test for the various respiratory diseases.
     
  6. meeptastic

    meeptastic In the Brooder

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    Yep, I can certainly buy a scale. The vet tech told me how much they weigh but I forgot :X So anything that's crumble form and above 16% protein? They both lay every day, and I do offer chick grit, but I rarely see them eat it.
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Since they are laying every day, maybe look for a higher protein lay pellet instead.
     

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