Has anyone seen this before???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cheepsforkeeps, Aug 19, 2010.

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  1. cheepsforkeeps

    cheepsforkeeps Out Of The Brooder

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  2. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Eww! Could it be one of those grubs that get laid by flies into the skin of animals? I can't think of the name right now, though. They lay the grub into the skin and when its ready it will crawl its way out. Or you can pop it out.

    ETA: I think their called Bot Flies.
     
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  3. cheepsforkeeps

    cheepsforkeeps Out Of The Brooder

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    Ewwwh. Is that harmless once it's left the chicken?
     
  4. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I dont know if thats what it is for sure. What does the inside of the hole look like? Maybe clean it out with some peroxide.
     
  5. VioletandBodie

    VioletandBodie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thats scary looking
     
  6. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there something in the hole or is it just a hole/wound? If you shine a light in the hole, you should be able to see if a larva is inside. If it is just a wound, keep it clean and away from the other hens so they won't pick it.
     
  7. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

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    That kinda looks like a staph infection but I really can't tell. Colloidal silver would be my choice for treatment, externally and internally.
     
  8. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you determine that there is a larva inside, put a blop of vaseline over the hole to suffocate it (for about 24 hours) and then remove the dead larva. They are hard to remove alive. They are too fat and covered in coarse hair.

    Looking at the pic again, it seems like this hole is too big to be a bot fly hole, it looks like an infection and should be treated accordingly. Cleaning it, antibiotic cream, etc. Could it be a spider bite?
     
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  9. Finn's Mom

    Finn's Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    I looked up botfly (wish I hadn't!) . Do you get those where you live?
    Is she being pecked? (looks like something a chicken couldn't resist taking a shot at) Could you pen her from the others to see if it gets any better? If it's not infected it should improve fairly quickly left unpecked.
    While I was reading about botflys I see you got some great suggestions. Keep us posted and good luck.
     
  10. cheepsforkeeps

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    Will hurt to give her collidal silver even if it's not infection?
     
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