White worm in roosters mouth?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pibb, Jan 9, 2019.

  1. pibb

    pibb Chirping

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    I thought I dropped a tack and the rooster grabbed it so I grabbed him and tried to pry his mouth open to get it back and seen what looks like a white worm in the back of his throat. It was getting dark and hard to see but what could that be? I didn't drop the tack apparently so it was not that.
     
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    I believe that gapeworms are pink. Do an on site search on canker and see if it looks like that is what he is dealing with.
     
  3. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    Are you sure it wasn't his tongue? Sorry had to ask :oops:
     
  4. Eggcessive

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    If you cannot solve the mystery, you could get a fecal float at a local vet to check for worm larvae (call ahead to make sure they will look at some fresh droppings.) My vet does not see chickens, but is willing to do a fecal for me. I usually combine it with a dog checkup or something similar.
     
  5. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

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    @sourland is correct, gapeworms look like red threads.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    This is a pea fowl...but chickens look very similar.
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  7. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Enabler

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    Can you take inside his beak in the morning for mucous, lesions or plaques?
     
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  8. Cragg Klefor

    Cragg Klefor Crowing

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    Photos would really help here. Can you try take one? Or a few? It's all guesswork otherwise.
     
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  9. Keeperofmunchkins

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    It may even have been just a worm he pulled from the ground that hadn't been swallowed properly. My chickens are always eating tiny white worms and larvae in the soil.
     
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  10. Eggcessive

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    Roundworms and hairworms (capillary worms) can sometimes be found in the esophagus or crop, though usually found in the intestines. A fecal float would show a worm egg infestation. Or you can treat with Valbazen 0.08 ml per pound (0.4ml) for a 5 pound chicken once, and again in 10 days. Or treat with SafeGuard 0.23 ml for 5 straight days.
     

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