Our Dominiques ( 3 chicks) were hatched Monday, shipped out, and we received them in the mail Tuesday.( Yesterday) They are all eating and drinking fine, but I noticed they had a little bit of poo on their bottoms this morning (Wednesday) and I didn't want it to progress to anything worse so I took cotton balls and warm water and gently cleaned the little spots of poo away, just to be safe.
This was when I noticed what appeared to a very tiny spec of poo on one of my chicks back end, not her vent well below that. When I looked closer I saw what appeared to be a very, very tiny white worm or maggot sticking out of what I thought was a tiny crusty piece of poo. This worm or maggot looks to be half in half out of her body at this point! And there is a small area of swelling with the maggot or worm right in the middle. There appears to be a dark black coloring around the edge of the swelling, like a ring >< Is there anything I can do? Does anyone know if this is a maggot or a worm!!! Should she be moved away from the other two chicks?
I tried to take a picture, but she is so small and the area is so small I couldn't get a picture to come out These are my first chickens and I am a little freaked..I also noticed she was a bit more laid back than the other two, but now I'm guessing she is that way because she has a critter half in her! Any suggestions or advice would be greatly welcomed!