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Horribly Sick Rooster

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by WearHere, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. WearHere

    WearHere New Egg

    Sep 22, 2013
    Our roosters right back side (the entire vent) was infested with maggots, smelled and looked like he was rotting from the inside out. It was covered in brownish puss, dripping. We want to find out if any one knows what it may have been and if the rest of our flock is at risk.

    We bought this rooster and 6 hens last weekend. We noticed his back area was dirty, but he was white. The area these guys were in in 24X7 was in a garage in a 10X10 pen. Horrible. He was fine this last week but today noticed he was being picked on more than usual and became extremely lethargic.

    Thank you for any help.
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

    Mar 27, 2012
    My Coop
    It was flystrike. It happens when a lot of poop gets stuck in the feathers and a fly lays eggs in the poop. Then the maggots hatch and they end up moving from the poop into the bird. It's certainly not pleasant, but it's not contagious or anything. As long as your birds are clean you're safe.
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio

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