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Chicken was lethargic, wet around butt area

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About 2 days ago, I found my favorite, Red, just wandering around lost like, I noticed her back side was wet looking.  The next day she was in the coop barely moving, I found her dead this morning.  I took some photos of her, I know it may be a lil gross but this is what she looks like dead, I blew up the second photo, she had some type of worm maggots in her.  I'm new to any health issues, red is 2 years old.     What can this be, and is it contagious to my other chickens. I'm having  a lot of problems with the bitting knats, my chickens are free to roam my backyard, not locked up.  roosting in coop at night, I clean it out maybe every 5 or 6 days. Thanks

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Welcome to BYC, and so sorry to hear about your chicken. Fly strike from maggots is very common around farms in warm weather if there is an open wound or a chicken has wet droppings stick to their vent area. If found early, the chicken may sometimes survive. If you see any others with the poopy butts, you should clean them off in a warm bucket of water. You can use fly traps, and treat your coop once a month with permethrin spray 10%. Keep the bedding stirred to dry out the coop flooring, and change it when needed. SWAT is a horse ointment containing permethrin that can help to kill maggots and keep flies off. Here is a good thread to read about fly strike:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/928041/need-help-with-fly-strike-warning-graphic-pictures-necropsy-added

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