Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Phoenixmaine81, Jul 12, 2019 at 7:52 PM.

  1. Phoenixmaine81

    Phoenixmaine81 In the Brooder

    Jun 9, 2019
    Thank goodness for Google... I'm a first timer as far as raising chicks from a day old, they are two months now but noticed one of my comets yawn.. no bigs i but thought and being a vet assistant I didn't have any experience with livestock and barnyard animals like I do with cats and dogs etc but I am trained for observing so that's what I did.. I noticed she yawned so I watched her and 30 seconds later she yawned again.. I meant to Google it and I forgot, so I saw her do it again today and yup she kept doing it so I grabbed my phone and used trusty Google n sure enough GAPEWORM comes up first on the list and by typing in chicken yawning it came right up... easily treated with apple cider vinegar it says?? I remember seeing treating water with apple cider vinegar but with medicated food I didn't need to I was told, then soon forgot.. Not good.. well they are on mash now which is not medicated and I seem to have at least one with GAPEWORM... She was panting last night in the coupe but it was hot even in northern Maine so I thought to myself it's cooling down so she'll be ok... ill Start treatment tomorrow as oi with have no cider vinegar but saw its one tsp of apple cider vinegar to one gallon of water ratio and it's that easy?? I'm hoping so...all water from now on will be treated I've had really good luck with my 12 chickens (4 different breeds) that are two months old now... my 1 year old intact male cat is still guarding them (although he kills anything and everything feathered or furred, winged or not, and he even got a rabbit cuz it was eating the chicks grain and he terminated it, to my horror) ... He helps me coupe the babies at night even tho most have gotten the hint to go into the coupe n not just find something high and get in it we have raccoons the size of med digs up here in the north woods but my cat is just like an Australian Shepherd, no joke, he heels those chickens in and everything, comes around back side while I'm sending them in.. It's quite amazing but if u are a newbie n notice ur chicken yawning? Keep watch.. it could just be a simple yawn but more than once it's probly cider vinegar is a must... Now I know..
  2. Did you actually see the worm? If so you need something stronger than apple cider vinegar to purge your chicken. You must use flubenol or aviverm to treat your chickens. Since you work for a vet one of these should be easy to get. Ivermectin does not work against Gapeworm.
  3. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    AVC will not treat gapeworms or any other type of worms.

    Can you take a video of her and upload it to YouTube?

    The yawning and panting can be signs of her having trouble breathing.
    Respiratory illness is much more common than gapeworm is.

    Have you brought any new birds home in the last month or two?
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  4. AmyJane725

    AmyJane725 Crowing

    Feb 22, 2019
    Western WA
    Apple Cider vinegar will not treat gape worms. You want a med called Levamisole
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  5. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    Also medicated food is only to help prevent coccidiosis. Nothing else.
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  6. Soy Milano

    Soy Milano Chirping

    Jun 19, 2017
  7. ZooAtHome

    ZooAtHome Songster

    Jun 7, 2018
    NW Oregon
    Being a vet assistant, can you or someone in your clinic do a fecal exam? If gapeworms are present, eggs will show up in a fecal. If they do, you treat with fendbendazole (Panacur). As others have stated, ACV will not get rid of gapeworms.
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