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Chicken with what appeared to be maggots

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by robo coop, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. robo coop

    robo coop Hatching

    Apr 11, 2009
    I had witnessed the strangest thing today, this one chicken had been getting slower and hanging around the door of the coop when I looked at her today I smelled the
    foulest odor and saw some what looked like maggots around her tail feathers and vent. Needless to say I took here out of the coop and put her out of her misery and cleaned out the coop thoroughly. Can anyone tell me if they have ever experienced such a thing before and what the hell it was?
    Thanks so much,
    Grossed out
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Ugh... she probably had a prolapsed vent or a wound of some kind and the maggots got to her because of the open wound..
    Poor thing.. [​IMG]
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    If you have a rooster, check your other hens to make sure that his toenails or spurs aren't lacerating the hens' sides or backs. This damage frequently becomes maggot infested this time of year.
  4. chkn

    chkn Songster

    Jun 27, 2010
    You can bathe the chicken and then apply Swat. It suffocates the little buggers.
  5. robo coop

    robo coop Hatching

    Apr 11, 2009
    Thanks for the information, I did have a rooster but got rid of him because the poor girls were bare backs, it was tough to see . What a gruesome thing to see, maggots on a living thing instead of on the bottom of the trash can this time of year.

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