Open Mouthed Breathing, Orange Poop, and Slight Wheezing

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by puddinbabe, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. puddinbabe

    puddinbabe In the Brooder

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    I have a year old chicken who has had orange (sometimes a little foamy) poop for a few weeks. This poop sometimes has some "regular poop" mixed in with it, but not much. They look like the foamy cecal poops from one of the poop links you frequently see on here (http://www.chat.allotment.org.uk/index.php?topic=17568.0). It doesn't look as foamy as the "worms" poop picture. know this is usually a sign of worms so I wormed all the girls with Ivermectin (pour on) 10 days ago. But her poop is still orange/cecal without much else so I started watching her a little more. She is breathing with her mouth open in the day time. She is still rather vocal though. Its hot here in GA, between 80 and 95 each day, so that's something else to take into account. At night, her beak is closed. But when I checked on her tonight, I heard a slight wheeze. Nothing major and it had to be quiet for me to hear it. Today, the feathers around her throat /neck were moving around a lot, like if a person opened and closed their throat quickly.

    She DOESN'T : shake her head, have any dischage in her nose area, have swollen eyes. She also hasn't been laying for awhile.

    She is still eating a lot of scratch when I throw it in the pen. She ate a lot of yogurt yesterday. I saw her eat a little from the feeder today too. She seems like her regular self except for the poop and open mouth. She may always have her mouth open during the day, but I hadn't noticed before I started looking for symptoms.

    Any ideas for what this may be? Should I be worried? Guess it could be gapeworm, but it sounds like its not too common and she might not have lasted this long with a bad case. I guess it could be something resperitory, but I have no idea about those problems. She is my most skiddish hen so I can't look into her mouth to confirm or deny worms. I'm going to give them all some apple cider vinegar in their water tomorrow. Other idea?

    Thanks for all the help in advance!
     
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  2. chickenbottom

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    ide just say its prob the heat.
     
  3. What else are you feeding her? Lay crumble or Pellets?
    Oyster shell?
    Might be the heat but if it's only her......I would think crop or respiratory.
    Hopefully someone else will chime in too
    Good Luck!
     
  4. puddinbabe

    puddinbabe In the Brooder

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    She gets a mixture of layena crumbles and pellets. As treats she gets scratch and sometimes yogurt. No oyster shells right now. She may be molting a little as I've seen her pulling some of her feathers out and she's about a year old. Half of her enclosure is on the ground (dirt with hay on top) and the other half on cement.
     
  5. dlhunicorn

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    When was the last time she was wormed?
     
  6. puddinbabe

    puddinbabe In the Brooder

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    Wormed 10 days ago with ivermectin pour on, then again tonight with the same treatment.
     
  7. puddinbabe

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    No other ideas?
     
  8. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Songster

    Dec 30, 2008
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    are you sure its just her droppings could you get a picture of her next load sorry lol. um ide say keep her seperate from the others and see if the others droppings are like that also make sure shes cooled down sometimes spraying with a hose or a little wadding area like a flat pan big enough to step their feet in and cool down. throw some ice in with them my chickens love to peck at ice and it cools em down a bit. just some suggestions
     
  9. Heidi

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    Mar 18, 2007
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    I wouldn't recommend feeding scratch as the corn in it heats chickens up. I feed mine frozen peas when it's really hot out. The peas are actually only 1/2 frozen by the time they hit the ground.
     
  10. puddinbabe

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    I put some paper under her tonight to check her poop. She's been in there for about 7 hrs and there isn't any poop under her area. The other girls both have a little. I'm going to give her her favorite treat in the morning, yogurt, to make sure she is eating, but I did see her eat a little today. No poop seems like a bad thing!
     

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