Yawning and shaking head

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kcallis, May 3, 2009.

  1. kcallis

    kcallis Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 20, 2008
    I have a 1-2 yr old bared cochin bantam (we're not sure of her age). She was a rescue from a lab. The lab assured us she was never used for any testing (which is why they gave her to us, since she was so cute, they didn't have the heart to test on her - so they used all the other meat chickens for testing, but not her). We've had her for about 2 months now. She has always had this habit of yawning, stretching her neck then shaking her head.
    Someone suggested gapeworm to us, but we have been monitoring her throat and poop and haven't detected any worms. We have 5 other backyard chickens and none of them have these symptoms.
    So my question is, what else could it be? or should we be doing something else to detect gapeworm (my husband and I both have access to all kinds of medical and laboratory equipment but have a strict no vet policy for chickens).

    Oh... I forgot, other than the yawning and shaking her head, everything seems fine. She eats normally, poops normally, acts normally, lays normally...
    Last edited: May 3, 2009
  2. NotTheMomma

    NotTheMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow, that's interesting.

    Have you googled those symptoms and searched this site to see if anything comes up?

    I'm hoping someone else might know what could be going on,.
  3. kcallis

    kcallis Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 20, 2008
    I have and the only thing I find is gapeworms. But without seeing any worms, and with no decrease in energy, appetite or difficulty breathing, I can't imagine that is what she has.
  4. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    she could have a condition of canker either in the throat or ear
    will be a off white to yellow gowth in the birds throat or ear
    er in chickens or can be in pigeons
    It is a off white growth in the cracks of the beak or in the throat and goes on down in the lining of the stomach
    and to help her you would need to get flagyl

    Do this
    Call Smith Poultry Supplies in Bucyrus Ks call and see if they had Flagyl or what poeple are using to fight canker

    Smith Poultry & Game Bird Supply

    14000 W. 215th St., Bucyrus, KS 66013-9519

    Ph. 913-879-2587 Fax. 913-533-2497

    et can help you out

    if she doenot have canker
    then it is a heart problem and she will keep do this to get added air

    put her on Vit E and B complex so her nervous system is helped
    email me for the recipe with probiotic wet mash PM me and tell me what problem to remind me

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