Help... My hen is having trouble breathing

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by oONewChickOo, Dec 1, 2014.

  1. oONewChickOo

    oONewChickOo Hatching

    Dec 1, 2014
    So I'm new to BYC and chickens I'm general. But my hen is having difficulty breathing. I've read several different threads but none seem to fit her symptoms. Her eyes and nose are clear and as far as I can tell she's eating and drinking as usual. Her only problem is that with every breath she cranes her neck and opens her mouth. She also isn't laying eggs. I have been using vetRx but it doesn't seem to be helping. I would rather not use antibiotics. My mom was also wondering if it would be okay to eat her if we did end up slaughtering her [​IMG]

    Btw she just recently got over scaly leg mites.
  2. oONewChickOo

    oONewChickOo Hatching

    Dec 1, 2014
    Oh and I checked what I think is her crop (and all my other chickens as well) and hers didn't feel any different
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Welcome to BYC. I would check her crop to see if it is emptying by morning, and not impacted or sour. Another possibility could be aspergillosis, a fungal infection from mold spores in the coop or surrounding area. Damp areas or rainy weather can help to cause this. I would also look inside her throat with a flashlight while someone holds her to see if there could be anything blocking her airway. Here are a couple of links to read about crop problems and respiratory diseases such as aspergillosis:
  4. oONewChickOo

    oONewChickOo Hatching

    Dec 1, 2014
    Thanks. I'll check tomorrow morning. It has been really damp here. I'm hoping it will go away soon if I continue treating it with VetRx. Is there any other treatment I should know about.
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You may want to check out information on Gapeworm. Have you posted in the "emergencies, diseases, injuries, cures, " thread?
  6. oONewChickOo

    oONewChickOo Hatching

    Dec 1, 2014
    Thanks for the suggestion @drumstick diva I will try posting in the emergency thread.
  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    So sorry about your bird![​IMG]
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    I'm sorry to hear about your bird! [​IMG]
  9. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Do you hear any clicking in her breathing or over her back where the neck meets the back? If you do, she may have a heart condition. I recently lost a hen with this exact condition. Nothing else was wrong with her but she was breathing like a race horse and her valves were clicking.

    Along with what Eggcessive has suggested, gape worms can also cause gasping. You did say she had leg scale mites and many times a bird with external mites has internal bugs as well. So you might get her wormed as soon as possible. Some Safeguard Liquid Goat wormer or Valbazen will take care of all worms. See this article for dosages....

    I hope you can get this figured out soon.
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    I'm sorry about your sick hen. [​IMG]

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