Hen breathing problems! Please help ASAP! Video in description

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by shetan83, Oct 30, 2014.

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    Can you get to the feed store and get some SafeGuard Liquid Goat Wormer or Equine Paste? Panacur equine paste would work also. Give her 1 ml orally, or a large bean size dollop of the paste now and repeat this for 5 days in a row. It's possible that she has gapeworm, but it could also be a respiratory disease such as ILT, MG, or coryza. Levamisole ill also treat gapeworm. Valbazen will as well. Is she able to eat or drink at all now? Have you seen any bloody mucus from her beak?
     
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    I haven't seen her eat or drink. There was also no bloody mucus. There doesn't seem to be much in her crop.

    I'm a pretty inexperienced chicken keeper and don't have any experience with illnesses. The feed stores near me are all closed for the day.
     
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    Are you all absolutely sure it's gapeworm?
     
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    Do you have any chicken friends or neighbors who would have a wormer listed above in their chicken supplies? Or a horse friend that may have one of those equine wormers?
     
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    Unfortunately no. I live in a suburb. The closest thing I can think of is Petco?
     
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    Chickens with gapeworm will gape and make this noise continuously. They cannot eat or drink, because otherwise they would not be able to breathe. The only proof if to slice open the windpipe after death, and Y-shaped worms may be seen. You cannot see them by looking down the throat or swabbing the throat, plus it would be dangerous right now to stick anything down the throat. Respiratory diseases can also cause gaping, but it shouldn't be constant, or as bad unless it is close to the end. Dawg53 is a BYC member who is very good at wormology. I'll see if he is online tonight.
     
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    Can you call them and ask if they have fenbendazole? I doubt it, but it might be worth a try.
     

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