1. 98Luna

    98Luna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 6-7 week old chick Grizelda is acting weird. She (i hope a she) is stretching her neck out to breathe and constantly shakes her head. She did this a few days ago and then got better, but now its back. Any way I can fix this?
    Also, she makes a really hoarse chirping sound instead of a squeaky one like the others.
     
  2. TTracy

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  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    If it is gapeworm, you can take a q-tip and swab her throat. There will be blood on the cotton if they are present.
    They'll also shake their heads stretch their necks/gape to breathe if they're having respiratory issues. The hoarse sound could be something fungal.
    Have you noticed anything like wet bedding or mold in the coop. Does she have a runny nose, discharge from her eyes, sneezing, coughing, weird poop, ect? Have you looked her over for external parasites?
     
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  4. ten chicks

    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does she have access to grit?
     
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  5. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Gapeworm isn't all that common and I'd be very surprised to see it in such a young bird. Certainly not impossible but I'd be surprised.

    I would check to see if the bedding is dusty or has wet spots. I was also wondering the same as ten chicks, if the chicks have access to grit? And do you have older birds on the property?
     
  6. 98Luna

    98Luna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have older birds, a larger flock of seven, previously eight until last week. I don't feed them grit, but they run around outside the coop for about 45 mins a day, scratching around. I don't think it could be gapeworm, none of my others have had it, but I'll check later. I did clean out the coop yesterday afternoon, it was a bit damp. I'm hoping that fixes it.
    They are fed layer pellets, parrot/chick pellets, bread and pretty much a share of what my other flock eats.
     
  7. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Have any of your older birds ever shown signs of respiratory illness, whether recently or in the past?
     
  8. 98Luna

    98Luna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    nope, never as long as I've had them.
     
  9. TTracy

    TTracy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How is she doing?[​IMG]
     
  10. 98Luna

    98Luna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good, she looks completely healthy at the moment, but I still have my eye on her.
     

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