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Is Gapeworm detected through a fecal test?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MotherhenXOXO, Mar 13, 2016.

  1. MotherhenXOXO

    MotherhenXOXO Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a hen who has gasping for air problems. It only happens at night while she is sleeping or if I hold her. She has seen a vet 4 times and has had her droppings tested for worms twice. Gapeworms are in the throat,right? If so would this be detected through a fecal testing? They say she is clear of worms but she just won't get better.She has been sick since the beginning of January and I need to figure out what is wrong with her. She has been on Baytril twice and Clavamox once. Thanks everyone!
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Gapeworm can be seen during a necropsy by looking into the trachea or windpipe after death. I don'tknow if it is possible to see it with a fecal float. Chickens with gapeworm cannot eat or drink, and are severely gasping for air. Fenbendzole (Safeguard Liquid Goat Wormer, Equine paste, Panacur Equine paste) is the best treatment at 1/4 ml per pound of weight given orally 5 days in a row.
    Does she sleep in the coop at night on a roost? She could have some anatomical problem with breathing, or be suffering from aspergillosis or an allery.
     
  3. MotherhenXOXO

    MotherhenXOXO Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She actually is sleeping on top of our couch. She wasn't eating very well until I started feeding her Nutri-Cal. It has even helped her energy. During the day there are moments she looks so depressed, tired,and lethargic, and there are moments she looks fine. Unless I am holding her she does not have the breathing problem during the day.
     

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