HELP. Open mouth breathing, soft sneeze/honk, advice needed

Artemis Moon

In the Brooder
Mar 24, 2016
I have a 3 year old RIR Chicken that is having these soft sneezes / honks intermittently with open mouth breathing shortly after.. She seems to be having more respiratory effort after the sneezes. No ocular or nasal discharge. Comb and wattles are red, walking around fine but seems to have slowed down as if taking a stroll instead of more active then normal. Symptoms have been ongoing for about a week. Not sure if she has gapeworm or something more long lines of a respiratory disease. I did change out old bedding and replaced it with straw and pine shavings to help cut down on the Dust. As far as I can tell still eating and drinking fine. I do have a video of it but the file is too large. I'll see if I can shrink the file.

Any help is greatly appreciated. TIA.

Wyorp Rock

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Premium Feather Member
5 Years
Sep 20, 2015
Southern N.C. Mountains
Videos need to be uploaded to youtube or vimeo - then you provide us a link - the BYC video "thingy" does not work.

Did she start the sneezing and open mouth breathing after you changed out the bedding?
When was the last time she laid an egg?
Have you added any new chickens in the last 30days?
Have you looked inside her beak for any obstruction, are her nostrils free of dirt and feed?

Feel her abdomen for any bloat, swelling or feeling of fluid. Check her crop to make sure it's emptying overnight.

Hopefully with the video and more information, we can give you better suggestions.


Premium Feather Member
12 Years
Nov 27, 2008
Glen St Mary, Florida
Gapeworm arnt common in chickens. Capillary worms can be a crop or esophagus problem. The best thing you can do is take a fresh fecal sample to a vet and get it looked at under a microscope. If the sample is clear, take a look at an environmental issue before assuming it's a respiratory problem. Pollen can be an issue, including dust, pesticides etc...

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