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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bettywoodhouse, Apr 13, 2016.

  1. bettywoodhouse

    bettywoodhouse New Egg

    Apr 13, 2016
    Im in urgent trouble with my chicken Susan. About 2 weeks ago now she developed conjunctivitis and her eyes closed up. She was the leader of the flock so the others realised she was weak and attacked. She had a severe wound on the back of her neck. They clearly had the intent of killing her. We thought she wouldn't survive but 2 weeks later and she's still here! We cleaned the wound with weak peroxide and betadine and fixed up her conjunctivitis and applied a saline type mixture everyday to the wound. we isolated her from the other chooks too. Her wound was healing up nicely and she was pecking around and eating normally.
    but i was looking closely at it today and inside one of the skin flaps i found a lot of maggots! i tried to clean them out but when i moved around the flap i found more and more maggots. I couldn't see how deep in they went but i am really worried they are really deep inside her head. She is not in a good way and is displaying head bobbing/drifting movements. I don't know how or if it is possible to treat this or if it would be best to just put her out of her misery. It looks pretty awful but she doesn't seem to be displaying any sign of pain? What should i do. is it worth taking her to the vet? Thanks in advance
  2. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    In your situation Betty, i would put her out of her misery. I hope that others may have more positive outlook and advice.

  3. bettywoodhouse

    bettywoodhouse New Egg

    Apr 13, 2016
    Im going to give her a couple more days and start treating her with the recommended maggot treatment however if she shows no sign of improvement i will have no choice other that to humanely put her down unfortunately :(
  4. MrsBrooke

    MrsBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2014
    Magnolia, Texas
    You must remove every.single.maggot that you can see. Flush the wound with saline and the betadine/peroxide you've been using............... and ***DO NOT put Neosporin or any kind of ointment on the wound***... Goopy, warm places are a maggot's dream home. You could dab some turmeric (the yellow spice) on and around her wound to help her heal.

    Keep checking her daily and remove any new maggots that appear.

    Feed her high-protein food like crushed boiled eggs, and let her rest in a dim, warm, quiet environment... like a dog crate in the garage or a spare bathroom.

    Hopefully, that will get her all cleaned up and healed.

    Hope that helps!

  5. bettywoodhouse

    bettywoodhouse New Egg

    Apr 13, 2016
    Thanks for the advice. She is looking remarkably better and I'm actually thinking she may make a full recovery with constant treatment. Fingers crossed

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