Possible gapeworm or maybe nothing? HELP!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JosieMae, Jun 22, 2017.

  1. JosieMae

    JosieMae Chirping

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    Hi All!
    My five girls are in an outside coop and the run is filled with sand. I noticed a lot of them sneezing sometimes, but they don't have any other signs of respiratory anything. I have a young Polish who, for the past months or so, has sometimes breathed through her mouth, sometimes not. Today she yawned five or more times in a row, but she's active and eating and drinking. What do you all think? Is everything normal? She tends to breath through her mouth if she's nervous as well.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

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    Yawning or opening the beak wide is usually a sign of adjusting the crop, when there is food in there. Sneezing occasionally without runny nose, watery eyes can be common during eating, or if the conditions are dusty. I would feel of the Polish hen's crop tonight, and again in early morning before she has eaten, to make sure her crop is emptying normally. Gapeworm is severe, rare, and chickens with gapeworm constantly gape and struggle to breathe, not able to eat or drink due to their respiratory distress.
     
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  3. JosieMae

    JosieMae Chirping

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    Thanks so much!!! I'll feel it tonight, and tommorow!
     

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