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Flystrike and vent problem (Graphic photos)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jhs51684, Jul 18, 2019.

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  1. Jhs51684

    Jhs51684 Chirping

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    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?
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  2. Wyorp Rock

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  3. Jhs51684

    Jhs51684 Chirping

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    Wyorp Rock, THANK YOU so much for your response. I'm almost certain it was a shell membrane. I pulled on it as you suggested. It came out with just a bit of resistance. There wasn't much there but it was almost like a deflated balloon. I'll keep monitoring and go from there. Thanks again for your response. It's great to know that somebody goes out of their way to read and answer these posts.
     
  4. Texas Kiki

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  5. Wyorp Rock

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    Glad you were able to get that out. Does it seem that there was yolk and/or egg white discharge?
    How is the FlyStrike coming? All the maggots gone and the wound healing up?
     
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  6. Jhs51684

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    I use Dumor Layer Pellets
     
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    Thanks again for your concern. It seemed to me to just be remnants of a soft shell. This morning it looked like a few more little pieces of soft shell came out. I haven't seen a maggot in 3 days, I'm pretty certain I caught the flystrike early because they were very small (slightly smaller than a grain of rice). The wound is still ugly but I've been spraying with Vetericyn. The most promising sign is that she is much more active, making noise and her weight has definitely went up.
     
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  9. Folly's place

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    Often flystrike occurs because the bird is already ill, so I do hope that this abnormal egg is a one time event, not a sign of serious reproductive issues.
    All the best for her.
    Mary
     
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    I give them suitable kitchen scraps (berries, veggies), a sunflower raisin snack mix (Flock Party) from time to time, and I let them graze the yard a couple days a week.
     

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