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attacked by fox- now maggots in wound! ARGH!

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While I was away this past weekend, someone let my chickens out (I can not let them out in the spring- the fox is relentless).  I lost a duck and a chicken.   Another chicken was definitely attacked but survived.  Today she smells like she is rotting and I found a maggot in her wound.  OMG.  What do I do? Any help/insight is greatly appreciated.


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You need to get her into a warm bath with some betadine, hibiclens, epsom salts, salt water, or dish soap. The maggots will usually fall off, but you may need to probe with tweezers and pick any off. This may need to be repeated again. Apply some plain antibiotic oinment, or SWAT ointment for horses. That contains permethrin and will kill maggots and keep flies away. Bring her inside to keep flies off while she heals. If the maggots have gotten inside the wound, they can kill her. Do some research here at the top of the page in the search box, for fly strike.
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So I can put her in water? I felt like that was the right thing to do, but then I was second guessing myself. I didn't have bacitracin so I loaded the wounds with neosporin. I know that's not ideal, but it's all I had. She smells soooo bad.
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Where is the wound located? Are any body cavities punctured? If the answer is no (gross as it sounds) maggots can actually help fight infection by debridment of the wound as they eat necrotic (rotting) tissue. If a body cavity is punctured then you must clean them out. Medical science has come a long way but some old techniques are actually finding their way back into medical procedure. Currently working on a study with a horse that has a severe flesh wound with necrotic tissue and we are using maggots to clean the wound and fight infection and are annotating the results it is actually going quite well. I would give an oral dose of antibiotics and monitor the wound. If the wound is in a body cavity area you need to flush with sterile saline or saline diluted betadine and get some butterfly strips to hold wound close but leave a small opening for drainage at the bottom of wound. If the wound continues to smell bad you need to flush it thoroughly and remove all pus and trim necrotic tissue until you see fresh blood then dress the wound or tape closed with butterfly strips again leave a drainage opening and you must keep the drainage opening clean a small piece of nitrile or latex tubing or even a latex or nitrile glove finger tip can be used to keep drainage open. Don't forget the oral antibiotics, rotten tissue will quickly spread throughout the body if not treated. Be sure to give oral antibiotics electrolytes and a vitamins booster. Hope this helps
post #5 of 21
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Yes, the body cavity is punctured. I'm not sure how to go about cleaning her. Do I put her in a bucket? Ugh. I'm not usually squeamish, but this is super gross. Can I get saline at CVS? I gave her amoxicillin ( all I had). Believe it or not, she acts ok... Yuck!! Also- I have her separated from the others because I'm afraid they'll get at her ( especially if she has maggots!!) I can't believe how gross this is. Of course we have had hot weather the past few days...
Thanks for your help!!!!!!!
post #6 of 21
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Oh, and the worst wounds are on her back.
post #7 of 21
Normal sterile saline can be bought at Walmart target cvs Walgreens even the dollar store. If you chose to get the dry kind you mix yourself use distilled water but you can buy it premixed ( be sure to use sterile saline ) it will say sterile on the bottle. When I say body cavity I mean is the abdomen punctured enough for you to see her insides ( intestines , liver, etc) if this is the case flush with saline by drawing it into a syringe then (no needle) place the tip into wound and slowly and carefully push the saline into the wound allowing it to drain back out. You will need tostitch it closed or tape together with butterfly strips ( those often cone in band aid boxes) be sure to leave a drain. If it's not the cavity and you don't want tolerable the maggots then wash with the saline diluted betadine(should appear as weak tea color). Apply an antibiotic cream, or wound kote, if it is not to deep you can apply alumsol spray. This is often found at feed stores in a small white can with a blue and red label. It creates a barrier that is waterproof and will keep flies off it looks silver when applied. If it's very deep you will need to stitch or use butterfly strips to hold wound together again be sure to leave a drain
post #8 of 21
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Thank you so much. The hole is behind her wings on her back. It's definitely a hole and it looks too gaping to stitch although there is so much dried blood and stuck feathers it's hard to tell. I'll try to wash it out and get a better look. I wish you could come over! 😫
post #9 of 21

Great responses! I am sorry for your girl's injury.


Thank you all for the opportunity to learn from your experiences.

post #10 of 21

You can soak her in a dish pan, small sink (as in the bathroom) or a large bucket. A bathtub would allow you to really look at her wounds. This will require at least a bath daily until the wound is free of pus and maggots, and starts to heal. Use warm water and plain table salt added will be fine. The strength of normal saline which is what our tissues are made up of is 1 tsp per quart of water. I don't think you have to be so exact. A little betadine or hibiclens (chlorhexidene) in the water, instead, would be good. It doesn't matter what you clean with, even dish washing liquid in the water, but get the maggots out. Then use some plain antibiotic ointment or the SWAT. If you have a turkey baster, those work well to flush out wounds. A sink spray will do this too, used gently. Pictures can really help.

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