Chicken has a giant blackhead looking thing below cloaca

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickoombes, Apr 2, 2017.

  1. chickoombes

    chickoombes New Egg

    Apr 2, 2017
    Fort Worth, TX
    Hi, first time posting. We recently took one of our chickens, a Dominique, to the vet because we noticed what seemed to be blood dipping from her vent. She's one of our less tame ones so we hadn't been able to get up close and check it out. Turns out she had a sizable hole directly below her cloaca full of maggots. We and the vet assume she had some small wound and then flies laid eggs in it and the maggots enlarged it. It had dead tissue all around. Pretty gross. But we've been medicating her and she seems like she feels much better since the maggots have been cleaned out (I know I would).

    Today we started inspecting and cleaning our other six hens because we realized they have gotten lice. We noticed that one of our Silkies who has always had a particularly dirty vent ever since we got her, has a little "hole" below her cloaca. It's more like a big blackhead, really, because it's full of what looks like dirt. There are no maggots or anything that we can see (just lice). I've attached a photo. Can anyone tell me what this is? An ingrown feather? A blackhead? Something to be concerned about?

  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I am not seeing a picture. You might try posting it again and check to see if it came through. Flystrike is avery bad thing to deal with, and it is very common in areas with a lot of flies when there are poopy buts or wounds. I hope your hen gets well. I would keep watching the silkie and keep her spot cleaned out. There is a product called SWAT in feed stores that is used on horses to help prevent fly strike. Permethrin spray is also good to use.

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