Please read!! My broody is gaping!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Beau coop, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. Beau coop

    Beau coop Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
    My hen has only hatched out one of her eight eggs. One more has pipped. She is gaping- every few seconds . What is this?
  2. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    Northern California
    It could be a lot of things!

    Best case scenario, she's hot or tired, maybe she's sitting in an awkward position and can't breathe properly. Maybe she's choking because she ate too fast. If that's the case, she'll be fine.

    Is she rattling or wheezing? If that's the case it's probably a simple respiratory disease that can be easily treated with baytril. Remove the chick and eggs immediately, you don't want it to spread to the babies. They'll be fine in an incubator.

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