Gasping sound in pullet! Gapeworm or respiratory issue!?

OneRedHenKevin

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Feb 13, 2020
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Hey ya’ll

this morning we woke up to one of our pullets making a gasping wheezing sound with her mouth sort of open (though she has always had a sort of open beak). she ocassionally shakes her head, not sure if it’s a sneeze or just a head shake with sound. She does not appear to have any fluids from the eyes or nose and no puffiness around the eyes that i can tell (one red area near right eye but i don’t know if this is her normal color because she’s one of the active flighty ones that doesn’t like to be picked up, so i never got a close examination).
They’ve all been in the coop for over almost two months now, and free ranging for periods during the afternoons.
No one else has any issues, and they were all fine before bed last night.

immediately separated her into a crate with food and water with garlic and aloe in it (she ate and drank with no hesitation).

Took a video of the sound but not sure how to post!!!

please help!? tapeworm or respiratory issue? are there treatments!?
 

Eggcessive

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You can post your video to You Tube or Vimeo with a link here. You may be hearing stridor, a loud noise breathing in and out. If there is a sneeze, it may be a respiratory infection, while stridor alone, can occur when a tiny piece of feed gets stuck in the airway. Mucus or swelling of the airway can also cause this (which is usually a respiratory disease.)

Gapeworm is very rare, and chickens are so stressed, they cannot eat or drink. It can be treated with fenbendazole (SafeGuard) liquid goat wormer for 5 straight days.

If she is just having stridor and sneezing, it may be a virus, such as infectious bronchitis. If she develops bubbles in eye or swollen eyelid, it may be MG.

Here is a video of a silkie having stridor:

In this video about 46 seconds in you can hear stridor along with sneezing:
 

OneRedHenKevin

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Feb 13, 2020
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Thank you so much,
It sounds just like the silke with strider.

Do you know of any remedies for stridor? do we just keep her relaxed, in her own area with food and water and monitor?

thanks again 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
 

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I have seen one of my hens have stridor for several hours after eating her dry feed too quickly. Is she is any distress, or can she walk around and drink water? Mine stopped in a few hours, probably after coughing up the piece of feed. If you hear any sneezing, then consider it a respiratory infection.

Respiratory diseases can cause head shaking, bubbles in eyes, nasal drainage or mucus from the beak, chest rattles or crackles. Symptoms are milder in a virus such infectious bronchitis, while MG would cause the bubbly eyes and swelling in the face. Let us know how she is doing in a bit.
 

OneRedHenKevin

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Feb 13, 2020
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ok,
so we do hear that sneeze as in the second video you posted. that was the first video we came across in our internet search but there are so many random opinions with no suggested solution in the comments on it that it’s hard to tell which to follow.

so, with that sneeze, she has a respiratory infection, but I just checked again and there is no mucous or running from eyes or nose.
she’s in a big rubber tote that we used for brooders, with water and feed and straw bedding, she’s just wheezing away in there poor girl. she can hop up on the perches in there.

trying to find vet rx as has been recommended but everywhere seems to be out near us.
 

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