CAUSES: gapes is an ailment caused by a small red worm which lodges in the windpipe of chickens who are 2 to 5 mnths old. SYMPTOMS: chickens that have gapes open & close mouth frequently. in bad cases; cough, droopy and soon die. TREATMENT: to cure; kill worms. take a SMALL swab, dip in iron of turpentine and insert in opening to winpipe at base of tonge turn gently 2 times, withdraw. in very young chickens: 1 part turpentine 4 parts vaseline to throats daily. seperate the sick and burn sick's droppings. all affected chickens kept in dry area does any1 no an easier way to prevent and cure!!!!????