inconsistent open mouth breathing

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by dtress, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. dtress

    dtress Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 2, 2012
    I've read many threads about this, but am unclear if I should be concerned. My 14 week old chicken is free of apparent respiratory issues, has a hearty appetite, normal energy levels and behaviors. The only symptoms are occasional mouth breathing (5-10 times and then stops for an hour) as well as diarrhea for a couple of weeks that seems to be improving. The mouth breathing is not getting worse. We did lose a bird 2 weeks ago - sudden death, possibly Coccy - don't know, and I've since treated the whole flock for Coccy. I didn't notice open mouth breathing in the one that died, but we were out of town for a few days prior.

    I have not wormed them and don't want to overtreat them unnecessarily. I looked down her throat and didn't notice any worms, but I wouldn't count on my reliability, being a first timer. Are the gape worms as thin as thread? White?

    What else could this be? It's not hot out. Is this deadly at this point? Or can I wait and watch some more? My kids would be devastated if we lost another so soon.
  2. top of the hill

    top of the hill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2011
    One of my girls was doing that for a little while, almost like a yawn. Someone on BYC suggested that it could be as simple as her trying to adjust her crop. She is fine, no worms and has long since stopped "yawning" . Just a thought. [​IMG]

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