Help, nasty wound and maggots

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by KathyM4, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. KathyM4

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    We had a hen go missing for a while. Showed up yesterday morning with 3 chicks in tow!!
    She has one nasty wound on her back and maggots are in it. What can I do for her? We put rubbing alcohol on it hoping that would kill some. Then we put peroxide on it. That made the maggots scatter in all directions. We alternated running water and peroxide over it trying to irrigate them out. Once I could see no more wiggling around I covered the area with antibiotic ointment hoping that would deter any more eggs being laid in the meat.
    Did I do the right thing? Is there anything else I can do for her? How can I know if I got them all? I'm worried they are way down inside her and are going to eat her to death.
    Any advice? THANKS!
     
  2. dlhunicorn

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  3. KathyM4

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    Thanks!

    We only ran a bit of alcohol over it once and when I saw it wasn't doing much we went to the peroxide.
    I will mix up the saline solution right after I get our calf bottle fed. Then I'll head to the farm store and see if I can find the Granulex talked about in the other thread.
    I just brought her and the babies inside, we have a whole lot less flies and gnats in here than the coop does. [​IMG]
    She had some more maggots trying to escape the ointment I had put on her. I got off the ones I could see. But hopefully the saline solution and tweezers will do a better job.
    Thanks again.
     
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  4. KathyM4

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    Did I read your other post right that the Granulex will take care of the dead tissue. This wound is so bad looking. It's deep, to the bone in spots. She has so much dead meat in there and is one nasty smelling bird at the moment.
    Do I use the granulex before or after I'm pretty sure all maggots are gone? I was able to flush out about 20 more tonight besides what I got out this afternoon.
    I feel so bad for the poor thing. She's eating and drinking just fine and doesn't even act like there is a thing wrong with her. But that wound is just so deep.

    Thanks again
     
  5. dlhunicorn

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    yikes...to the bone? This does not sound good...
    Please remember that they will continue to hatch out... so keep on smearing on the neo and then flushing entirely out every few hours ... you may need to do this a few days...
    You can start the granulex immediately or alternately wait until most of the maggots have hatched out and use the neo until then (the granulex is pricey compared to the neo and you are flushing it off every few hours at the moment )
     

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