Wheezing hen...is this a problem?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jed1154, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. jed1154

    jed1154 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my Silver Laced hens has begun wheezing or coughing in the evenings. I noticed it yesterday, and now again today. I went out a minute ago to take another listen, but after they all got roosted and settled, it seems as though it stopped. What is this and is it a problem? What should I do? I put a video up of what she does. I did not notice a nasal discharge or anything.
     
  2. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

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    It looks like she could have gapeworm. This is a parasite that is lodged in the trachea, making it difficult to breathe. It can eventually lead to suffocation. They can be treated with fenbenzadole dewormer.
    Good luck!
     
  3. pellyRdGirl

    pellyRdGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Where can one get fenbenzadole wormer? I've been treating my rooster that may or may not have this. We Took him to the vet this dec26 after we Noticed his crow first to sound horse and then the next morning(on x-mas day) his breathing labored. His comb and Wattles were extremely discolored from lack of oxygen. The vet gave him a steroid shot and a shot of ivermectin. ( with a follow up dosage 3 days later). We've been giving him ceftiflex for the past 4 days till we discovered particulars floating in the solution from a possible heat exposure. Now he is receiving SMZTMP. 1cc orally 2x's a day. His color is better. He doesn't have the rattle as much. Still not to interested in food. I hand feed what I can get down him. And water him as we'll. we're into our 5th day now. If he has gapeworm, can he still be treated for it. We have a flock of 40 chickens. No one else shows signs of infection. Thanks.
     
  4. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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    Sounds like a respiratory infection.
     
  5. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

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    You can get Fenbendazole at Tractor Supply in the equine section.

    Is her gasping still occurring?
     
  6. pellyRdGirl

    pellyRdGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    It's my rooster, there isn't the rattle we use to hear, but it still is gasping for breath
     
  7. pellyRdGirl

    pellyRdGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    The rooster passes away tonight. Thanks for the advice. I firmly believe he was miss diagnosed for gapeworm. I think i will just keep the stuff around just in case. Tomorrow we will bury him
     
  8. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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    Gape worm is not very common. I believe he had a respiratory infection. Keep an eye on the rest.
     
  9. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

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    Sorry for you loss.[​IMG]
     
  10. pellyRdGirl

    pellyRdGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I apologize for my bad grammar , still getting use to the ipad
     

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