WARNING, very gross topic but very important This is a cautionary tale to all poultry owners who may not have heard of or know much about flystrike and its devastating effects on a chicken. Flystrike is the term used when flies lay their eggs on a chicken and maggots begin to wreak havoc on the the birds body. I had an Americana hen who had vent gleet, a bacterial imbalance which is not very serious and can be treated with certain foods etc. I realized what she had and began to take the necessary measures of treatment but i had never heard of flystrike. (mind you this was in summer and flies were definitely present all around the chicken run) Soon she became ill and I decided to clean her rear which had been dirtied from her vent gleet. To my horror i found maggots crawling all over her behind. After trying to pick as many as I could off, we prepared a warm bath of saline (salt water to kill the maggots) and bathed her in it several times. Because we caught it quick we were able to rid her of the maggots. Sadly, not long after she got flystrike again and this time we did not catch it in time I believe because she hid that she was unwell and also because these maggots worked very quickly. She passed from this second flystrike and I cannot stress how horrifying this is. It is the most devastating thing your chicken can get because maggots, if left to live on the chicken, will eat it until it dies. Please keep your chickens rear's clean however nasty it may seem it is nothing to clean a poopy butt with a bath than to pick maggots off of a festering wound. I would also like to say that if the chicken has reached a point where you cannot see yourself ever curing it or the maggots have gotten inside its body, the most humane thing you can do may be to put it out of its misery. Please, keep your chickens clean so that they will not attract flies looking for a place to lay their eggs. I cannot stress how absolutely terrible this is for a chicken and even to some extent, it's owner.