Nasal worms

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  1. crb1487

    crb1487 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Note: images are at 60x magification. Would appreciate feedback and safe treatment options.
    Little buggers are squirmy and almost translucent white

    Hen with micro sized worms in nasal area. This is 2nd hen found with problem. Problem noticed because of her staying off the roost, no other noticeable symptoms other than breathing through beak

    1st hen found when infection to lungs caused abdominal fluid pressure causing impaired oxygen intake. Currently undergoing antibiotic therapy and abdominal draining. Did not however, see what was causing her powdery buildup in her nose because, when first treating her after her comb started turning dark from lack of oxygen, I noticed a nasal blockage and proceeded to scrape the bulk of it off, but was unable to get her to cooperate with my phone magnifier up to her nasal openings after that...
    Now, knowing what I found with this lady...
    I've gone BK out to the hen house and found at least half of my hens and roosters in varying stages of the same affliction. "Time for concern"

    Nothing about a "nasal worm" but plenty about eye or gape worms.

    Upon inspection tonight, I'm confident, there are no signs of eye worms in any of my decent sized flock. However, can't rule out it being and "overflow" of worms that may be coming from their lungs, however, everything I've read says Gape worms are red, not micro, thread sized, translucent white wiggler's that I can't see with just my eyes

    [​IMG] Left nostril. Fairly easy to to notice once seen.
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    Right nostril. Barely noticeable unless up close.
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    Hens pose with breathing blocked in nose
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  2. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    You should post this in the emergency, disease section. You should be able to find your answer there. Best of luck.
     
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  4. crb1487

    crb1487 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you.
    Trying, but this dang phones not cooperating. Working on it. Thanks for the idea.
     
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  6. crb1487

    crb1487 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No nothing yet.

    Have it reposted in the emergency section as recomended, but, I'm really surprised
    No one has ever experienced or noticed these.

    It could be that the are simply worms that feed on this powdery stuff built in their mall openings. I've looked all over on line as to conditions that cause build up there and as far as I can tell, it's usually associated with hens that have cold symptoms.
    But, mine don't. No runny noses, sneezing or similar. Just this powdery build up that has microscopic worms.

    It's possible others just never noticed because I can't see them when I'm just
    Inspecting my ladies with normal vision and lighting. I didn't notice the squirming little things til I used 60x magnification in 1 hens nasal opening.

    At a loss for reasons.

    As of yesterday, the hen I'd moved indoors this winter that shows nothing in her nasal area, she's completely clean, however, she's the 1 who I'm having to supplement with
    Tube feedings... Just has me baffled.

    The ones with this nasal thing, are for the most part healthy, (except the 1 who's
    Turned into a lung infection which she's eating everything in sight and loosing weight. Have managed to keep her abdominal fluid down with celery, as a natural diuretic)
    I was draining her ascites fluid at about 6-8 oz every 2 days.

    So... Either all have completely different issues happening at same time, OR
    Just haven't put all the right symptoms together to get the right diagnosis.

    If it's a health problem that these little squirmers are just feeding on then I'm afraid it's likely the final infection is something worse, Asperaligus
     
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    crb1487 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Update.
    Thanks to several posts to my post in the Emergency section as advised, I'm pretty sure it's a capillary type worm

    Thank you such helpful insight everyone.
     
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