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is there anything I can do about maggots?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by texascorgi, Sep 5, 2007.

  1. texascorgi

    texascorgi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my really fluffy hens apparently prolapsed an egg and tore her self. I noticed her away from the flock and picked her up. Her wounds are full of maggots. I rinsed out what I could and used a syringe full of water to get more out but I can't get them all out. I mixed some iodine with water and put that on the wound. Should I just put her down? She does not look like she feels good. I don't know what else to try
     
  2. countrygirl4513

    countrygirl4513 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dont put her down over maggots...your doing the right things, just stay on top of it.
     
  4. texascorgi

    texascorgi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This really bites. I will try the neosporin. She is still a little prolapses. Will that go back in?
     
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    countrygirl4513 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. texascorgi

    texascorgi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the information.

    Maggots are nasy little creatures. I just finished pulling about 20 out of her. She was soooo good and just layed on her side and let me work. I rinsed those spots with hydrogen peroxide and put some triple antibiotic ointment on her and put her in the mud room of the house. She was also very good when I had to cut her feathers around her rear to get rid of all of the fly eggs stuck to them.
     
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    For rinses, I recommend a saline solution, peroxide will damage both dying and living tissue so it is best not to use anymore.
     
  8. Wolfpacker

    Wolfpacker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My vet told me that maggots mean there is infection. The infection can spread. You're doing the right thing to take care of the maggots, but you might need to do something about the infection. Baytril is what my vet prescribed after amoxicillan wasn't strong enough.

    Take this very seriously. I have a one-winged chicken now because of maggots and infection. Her condition was only a few hours away from being fatal.

    Good luck.
     
  9. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2007
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    right, it is good for flushing out maggots because it oxidizes or fizzles and help "push out" bacteria, dirt, or in this case, maggots. But it is rough on the skin so just use it when cleaning for buggies.
     
  10. texascorgi

    texascorgi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you everyone for the information. I just found another fuzzy hen that had an egg stuck in her feather with poo.

    Do I need to start clipping feathers around the fuzzy ones bottom to prevent this?

    I will not use the peroxide any more. My vet is about 45 minutes away. Is there anything that I can get at the feed store for the infection?
     

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