I have read through all of the posts on here about gape worm. There are so many different answers and opinions on how to treat or if it's gape worm at all. I have a young D'Uccle who started gaping about a week ago. I thought she was just weird at first but now she is having a hard time walking around. If I put her near the food and water she eats and drinks like crazy and tries to waddle off and hide. I over-nighted levimysole to treat her as I was positive it's gape worm (will be here tomorrow). I've read both that gape worm is rare in chickens and others have said it's common. We have an abundance of snails, earthworms etc so I don't think it's impossible. I also noticed yesterday that another one of my young chickens, a crevecouer, has started to show the gaping sneeze/cough thing. Is this worm contagious? Or am I looking at something completely different? Has anyone actually dealt with gape worm in their chickens and if so, were you able to treat them successfully and if so with what? Or is it too late for my birds and do I just put them out of their misery? I plan to swab the first fallen ones throat tomorrow morning, Do the worms come off very easily?