We agreed he would ask the service provider to talk to me on phone after carrying out the examination.Korir called me the following day on behalf of Emanuel and confirmed he had seen gapeworms at the point of branching of the bronchi in one of the farmers' chickens.
A few other birds showed signs of infestation and he requested me to prescribe an effective dewormer, which I promptly did.INTEREST POULTRY RESEARCHERSThe service provider identified himself as a veterinary para-professional with 30 years of experience but he had never seen a case of gapeworms before.
I then carefully slit the larynx and sure enough, gapeworms in a ball of blood-tinged mucous welcomed me into the bird's airway.
"Are we still eating the meat?" Lawrence quipped as I thanked him for availing me the opportunity to see my first live case of gapeworms in chicken.
Since we have very scanty information on gapeworms in Kenya, this finding should interest poultry researchers to profile and document the prevalence and economic impact of gapeworms in Kenya.
His observations were more like gapeworm infestation.
I advised him to get professional help.I got many other calls that described possible gapeworm infestation in chicken reared on free-range or in backyard enclosures.
In all the reports, the environment and method of rearing were conducive for gapeworm infestation.