Hi community, it has been a nightmare the last 3 days. I had my first run-in with flystrike on one of my hens. I researched online and used the BYC community to assist me in getting through this. Thank you!!! I've been dunking her in salt water and pulled out lots of maggots yesterday. The last 3 times I've dunked her I haven't noticed any maggots. I'm hoping I've gotten past that part of my problem. She isn't as lethargic and she's a bit more active. But she has begun to peck at herself. I've been treating her with Vetericyn and I've put electrolytes in her water. I'm hoping she's on the road to recovery. I've noticed something sticking out of her vent, however. It looks like a wood shaving, but it isn't. It definitely looks like flesh. I've include a GRAPHIC photo to follow. Can anybody help me out with this? My main concerns are: 1.) What is this fleshy thing sticking out of her vent? 2.) I haven't seen any maggots in 2 days, am I controlling the flystrike properly? 2.) Any suggestions on how to get her appetite back? 1.) Should I apply Blue Coat to get her to stop pecking herself? Does Blue Coat stop a hen from pecking at herself, or just other hens pecking at her?