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respiratory infection or gapeworm or something else?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rlathrop, Nov 9, 2015.

  1. rlathrop

    rlathrop Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 4, 2015
    The little chick I posted about previously seemed to recover, and was even running around happily for a few days, eating, etc and then she relapsed and died. The second time, giving her electrolytes did not help at all. She was struggling to breathe at the end, and maybe had a small amount of mucous around her beak. The chicks must be about 7 weeks old now.

    Now, another chick in the group is sitting huddled with her eyes closed and mouth breathing intermittently. They all looked completely healthy last night. I read a lot of posts here about gapeworm, and I did open this chicks mouth and look in, but couldn't see anything that looked like a worm. So I am not sure if I should assume respiratory, or assume gapeworm. I can get some meds from Tractor Supply. My son was so upset about his little chick dying last night, I'd like to try to save this one - so - should I try to treat for respiratory, or gapeworm, or both?
  2. Suzie

    Suzie Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 9, 2009
    Were the chickens feathers fluffed up...? No interest in food nor water ?

    I would suspect a cocci problem...amprolium ( corid) could be the solution to whatever is ailing them....

    Maybe look up the symptoms of coccidiosis...see if the chicks are acting as if they have the same symptoms... it is so hard sometimes to diagnose and treat...

    Good luck to you and your flock!
  3. rlathrop

    rlathrop Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 4, 2015
    I got some Corid and started treating just in case its coccidio. I gave some to the sick chick by dipping her beak, and also put it in the water for the remaining 4 healthier. But how do they die from coccidia? The little chick that died last night (in my son's hands :( was having a hard time breathing. For the last hour she just lay on her side, not able to sit up or keep her head up. I didn't notice any blood or diarrhea. My son thought there was a little mucus on her beak, but I couldn't really tell as I didn't have my glasses on. And she had several bouts while still alive of gasping.

    Now the next chick that is sick is also mouth breathing. I haven't found anywhere that it says coccidio causes mouth breathing or gasping? The current sick chick is not yet sick enough that she will allow me to separate her - she still wants to be on the roost with the others, but she is hunched with her eyes closed even when not on the roost. Plus - if this is infectious, then they are all likely already exposed.

    I don't know how they would have got sick - I have had them for 5 weeks, and they have been inside at night, and only just started going outside in the daytime. No other chickens here for them to catch anything from.

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