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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by silkiechick05, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Songster

    Sep 27, 2009
    North Texas
    What does it mean when a chicken breathes with its mouth open, but isn't hot?

    My pullet is "panting" but isn't over heated.

    Any ideas??

  2. GraceAK

    GraceAK Songster

    Nov 28, 2009
    Eagle River, AK
    Could she have a respiratory issue like pneumonia or something?

    I hope she gets better. Bump.
  3. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Songster

    Sep 27, 2009
    North Texas
    I don't know. Sometimes she "gasps" ... you know stretches her neck out with her beak open...

  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
  5. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Songster

    Sep 27, 2009
    North Texas
    Quote:Yes, thank you. Here it is:

    1) What type of bird , age and weight. Bantam Barred Rock, age not quite known, laid her first egg yesterday
    2) What is the behavior, exactly. Will "pant" randomly for a minute or two and sometimes "gasps"
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms? I have only had her a week, this has been going on maybe two/three days??
    4) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. Yesterday, she struggled for about twelve hours to lay an egg... pretty traumatic for me, anyways
    5) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation. She was stressed because of that egg... I know she wasn't hot... about 69/71 F
    6) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. Eating and drinking heartily
    7) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.Normal
    8) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? Nothing
    9 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? Should I worm her? Or is she too young?
    10) Describe the housing/bedding in use. Right now she is in the garage with a heat lamp on her (she hasn't been nice to the other chickens) and on shavings
  6. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Songster

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
    Sounds like possible gapeworm. Does she shake her head in addition to the gasping?

    Here's a good video on YouTube covering treatment and symptoms. About halfway through, he slows the video down and shows the gaping/yawning very plainly.

    Here's another post covering gapeworm
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2009
  7. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Songster

    Sep 27, 2009
    North Texas
    Quote:Okay thank you. Since she just started laying, how old do you think she might be??

    And is she too young to worm??

    The other thread said to use ivermectin but the video said ivomec

    Is that the same thing??

  8. JayDe

    JayDe Songster

    Aug 5, 2009
    Lithia, FL
    first lay seems to be 4-7 months.

    She isnt too young to worm. The wormer I have gives a different dose for chicks.

    Ivomec is the brand name...I think there are several brands. According to my feed store it isnt sold for chickens (though they may be wrong) but is sold for mammals--cow/horses...so look up the dosage.

    Mine are all shaking thei head and doing the yawn on occasion, so we are going to treat for gape worm.
  9. cicene mete

    cicene mete Songster

    Jun 19, 2008
    I'd be a little careful about the video on YouTube. Most chicks go through a phase in which they yawn from time to time, especially as they are developing their crops. I don't know if it helps them digest, or what, but nearly every chick I've ever had has gone through this phase. None of those chicks have had gapeworm. My chickens had plenty of other things, but never that.

    The chicken in this video looks much more like gapeworm to me, although the owner thinks it was something else http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKE-gN1Vnzg

    the head shaking, using the feet to try to scratch at something in the ear, repeated yawning in a much older bird, etc.

    As for your bird, it may be a result of the stress of passing the first egg, or a problem with passing another one. Not sure; I wish I could be more helpful.
  10. Sequin

    Sequin Songster

    May 20, 2008
    Have you tried removing the heat lamp? By this age, being that she is kept in the garage you shouldn't need to use the heat lamp. Try that and see if symptoms improve.

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