Little white worms just killed my chicken - what are they?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by All my hens are roosters, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. All my hens are roosters

    All my hens are roosters In the Brooder

    Feb 18, 2008
    (not for the sqeamish)

    My poor old grey chicken (I estimate she was about ten years old) just died as a result of a major worm infestation which showed up out of nowhere. I have been battling the threat of mites, which wiped out half of a neighbor's flock, so had examined this girl only a couple of days ago while applying Bag Balm to her legs and would have seen these tings.

    This morning she was lethargic and had dropped wings (gross warning), so I knew it wasn't good, but when I picked her up I discovered hundreds, if not thousands of half inch long white worms literally consuming her gut area. They had eaten right through her backside. I did my best to get them all off which was a pretty pointless endeavor, but she seemed to be a bit more comfortable, but after a day of this she finally died. Sorry, I'm just not able to kill my birds having pulled so many back from the brink of death only to live years longer - this one included.

    I had contacted a vet, but the nearest place to get any meds is a two hour round trip (which I made), and was told to get paprazine, but now I don't know if that was the right choice, as these worms do not fit the description of the worm this stuff is supposed to treat, but it's the only stuff they carry.

    The parasite in question is round and white, has a small black dot on its head, and is semi transparent, about a half to three quarters of an inch long, and maybe the thickness of a pencil lead. Any ideas what these things are and whether I should go ahead and treat the rest of the birds anyway just to be safe?

    Thanks in advance for any help.
  2. Carolyn

    Carolyn Songster

    Apr 6, 2008
    I don't know. Could they be maggots?
  3. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    Are you sure they weren't maggots eating away at some type of wound? The description sound like a maggot I think? I am really sorry. [​IMG] I know this is just heartbreaking. [​IMG]
  4. mmajw

    mmajw Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    Sounds like a great question for Miss Prissy
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Almost sounds like maggots to me. All it takes for maggots in some cases is a tiny wound, even a scratch. Eggs can be easily passed on an inspection, but I swear, when they hatch, they turn white and fat like overnight!
  6. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    I agree...sounds like maggots..

    not hard to get them in any small wound with summer heat and flies.

    sorry for the loss of your old girl..poor thing.

    this happened to a neighbor's dog..a cocker older dog..
    they hadn't groomed or brushed her for a long time..
    and she had matted hair under her belly..
    must have formed a sore there under the matted hair, and maggots invaded her.
    pretty horrible..
  7. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Sounds like maggots...nasty thing to have!
  8. cherrychicken

    cherrychicken Songster

    Jul 7, 2008
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
    i'm sorry about your loss
  9. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Sorry for your loss. [​IMG]
  10. augiedranch

    augiedranch Songster

    Mar 14, 2008
    maggots... yuck... sorry for your loss

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