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Maggot Infestation! How can I help!?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chickiedude, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. Chickiedude

    Chickiedude Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm a first time chicken owner, and recently my hen, Ruby, was found looking worse for wear after my neighbors little Chihuahua thing made a kerfuffle with our ponies. I reckon she got stepped on, Ruby, in the process.

    My mum isn't helping at all, and refuses to take any notice so I have to do it. I put Ruby away by herself in a dark box and I couldn't see any blood so she just looked a bit dazed. BUT this morning, I noticed her bum was a bit red and pooey, and I had a bad feeling some pinkish blob wasn't skin. I went to the awful conclusion it was like her intestine. Mum just told me to get a grip and not worry,but I did. And with good reason. I looked again not too long ago and her whole bum is crawling with maggots! It's awful! I need to give her a bath but whenever i see them I break down and begin to cry and mum just locks me outside and tells me to deal with it (she hates maggots).

    It think it IS her intestine, or something, and I have a feeling she'll die. But I don't want her to be eaten alive, and I am soo not having any idea what to do. This sounds to bad, I know, but I've never had chickens before, and I'm feeling so trapped and useless and careless and awful!

    Can someone help as to:
    ` Atleast get rid of the maggots so she can pass in peace
    ` Give me some insight?
     
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  2. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    If you go on google and under the images tab, type in "prolapse in chickens" does it look anything like that?
     
  3. Chickiedude

    Chickiedude Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm afraid that if I touch her bum, and it IS intestine, I will kill her and it'll be even worse. I know you can't 'push it back in' and we live out in the middle of no where, so we have no vets for, well, atleast 2 the 3 hours, and none of them deal with chickens.

    I'm so worrying, how long will it take for her to be killed by these maggots?


    EDIT - Yes it does, just much pooier and covered in maggots. If they weren't there I might be able to see better, but I don't want to make it worse.
     
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  4. Chickiedude

    Chickiedude Out Of The Brooder

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    Our other friends who have chickens suggested spraying her with bug spray that kills maggots. I said no until I found out, because that would poison her if she was having a prolapse right?
     
  5. Chickiedude

    Chickiedude Out Of The Brooder

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    Please, please help! My mum is getting frustrated and is making stupid decisions. I can't really stop her if she gets an insane idea in her head, and this is so awful! I really do need help! [​IMG]
     
  6. Chickiedude

    Chickiedude Out Of The Brooder

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    Is anyone reading this? I know all my posts may seem too hasty, but there are maggots all over her, and it looks like a small prolapse! How can I get it back in with MAGGOTS on it! This site is supposed to help me, but I'm just too worried and anxious to wait for hours.
     
  7. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Don't panic, chickens can survive some awful stuff. You need to first get the maggots off her. It's OK to touch her, just make sure your hands are clean. Here's some info about maggots on hens.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=584717&p=1


    Once the maggots are dealt with then deal with the prolapse. Give her a warm bath to calm her down and relax her. Keep the area dim. You can coat it with honey or preperation H then gently push it back in. It might not stay in and might take a few times. Keep trying. I'm going to look for a thread about it.

    Keep her in dim light, quiet and warm.

    ETA- link to prolapse thread with info

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=793&p=1

    Good luck,

    Imp
     
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  8. heatherkh

    heatherkh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You need to get the maggots off immediately - carefully pick them off by hand if you have to. Then assess the situation - is the tissue healthy looking or infected??

    Advice above is good - take it and good luck.
     
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  9. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    You need to get rid of the maggots before you try to put the prolapse back in. Otherwise they will just eat her from the inside. I think peroxide and picking them off may be the way to go. You could do a search using the search button in the blue bar above.
     
  10. Chickiedude

    Chickiedude Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you. Except I think they're inside her, and have crawled in her bum the same way the prolapse came out. It's all brown and hard to tell whats what. And whenever I attempt to get them off, she tries to get away, so do I have to pull the prolapse a bit out the get all the maggots off? I'm so hopeless at this stuff.
     

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