Sneezing/ wet beak

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DBoltres, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. DBoltres

    DBoltres New Egg

    May 1, 2009
    One of my chickens has a sneeze and wet beak and is opening her beak wide quite a bit. We have been dealing with gape worms that killed 2 others last month. Is this something new, or the worms again? We have wormed all of the chickens 9 days ago and the rest seem fine. What should we do?
  2. Wayne&Kim1963

    Wayne&Kim1963 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2009
    Covington, OK
    i call what you describe a cold. I always give tylan orally for that. I give it for at least 4 days in row to get them well. I like to give them penicillin shot on breast under skin if almost adult 1 cc and usually gets them well.
  3. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Tylan does work well. I use denegard. Good stuff, you just put it in their drinking water.
  4. Chicken_Pauper

    Chicken_Pauper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2011
    Southern California
    Did you test for gapeworm or have a necropsy and verify that it was gapeworm previously?

    Have you done the Q-tip test this time? Taking a regular human Q-tip -- having someone catch and hold one of the chickens with the worst symptoms... hold her head up to stretch out her neck a bit.. open her mouth.. hold on to the Q-tip tightly.. and put it down (to the side and to the back) of the throat... reach as far as you can (no, that's not really far with a Q-tip and your fingers, but just a couple of inches, as far as you can).... swab the throat.. swab the throat, then, look at the Q-tip and see what you got.... if there are worms on it, they have gapeworm. If no worms on it, then they don't have gapeworm.

    Gapeworm is hard to treat... takes repeated treatments of Valbazen (given to each chicken individually), given orally... Valbazen safely kills ALL types of worms.. but, tapeworms and gapeworm are difficult and take 4 or 5 treatments. Withholding eggs.... no eggs, eating chicken, or hatching eggs for the duration of the treatment.. repeating treatment every ten days, and waiting until the 15th day after the last treatment before eating eggs again.

    1/2 CC/ML per standard chicken.. 1/4 CC/ML per bantam... (see posts by dawg53 -- use the search here on BYC for worming with Valbazen)

    If you didn't use Valbazen or treat at least 4 times... you may not have gotten rid of the gapeworm, if that's what they had before. (If you started treating verified gapeworm last month, you would probably still be "in treatment" now to effectively treat it... it is difficult and chickens do die before the gapeworm can be effectively treated... but, they can die of other worm infestations as well).

    Is she having trouble breathing, wheezing, straining to breathe? Please do the Q-tip test and be a poop watcher to see if there are any other parasites, like tapeworm segments in the poo.... and, even if you don't see worms, they still could have some. Have you checked for mites as well (around the vent, under the wings on the skin)?

    I am sorry... good luck. I highly recommend using the Search here on BYC.. and search the symptoms -- lots of information can be found that way.

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