Maggot Success Story

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JenniferK, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. JenniferK

    JenniferK Songster

    May 7, 2007
    Northern California
    Just wanted to say thanks BYC! I have a RIR hen that was all messed up about six months ago with some kind of laying disorder and she mysteriously recovered, and then I found her acting strangely a few weeks ago. It turned out she had a huge gaping wound, several inches across, below her vent (caused, I think, by caked on diarrhea) that was full of maggots and flies. I thought nothing could survive with that mess, but I read the following thread and took some of the advice and improvised too. I used a peri bottle to flush the wound with hydrogen peroxide and water 50/50. Then I glopped some honey onto the wound, since I've heard it has anti-microbial properties and I wasn't in the mood to use a whole tube of neosporin once a day. She was moved to a box in the house, and I alternated the peri-bottle and bath in epsom salts morning and evening. She would eat cheese for a treat, but not much else, but still wanted to scratch around the yard, so I would leave her out and in an hour or two she would come to the back door to come in. After 4 or 5 days she was roosting on the edge of the box, and wanted to be out all day, so I returned her to the flock and she's still there about three weeks later, will a little bare patch but looking just fine. I was considering culling her, but after the last episode and now this, I figure she is meant to be here!
  2. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

    Jan 27, 2009
    Congratulations I am happy to read a success story.
  3. tryingtohaveitall

    tryingtohaveitall Songster

    Mar 17, 2009
    SW Ohio
    It's great to hear a success story. Chickens amaze me with what they can recover from. I had one that was scalped earlier this summer. Now you'd never know anything was wrong except the top of her head looks a little flatter than the others. I love a happy ending!
  4. crawfordmama

    crawfordmama Songster

    Jun 29, 2010
    The Lakes Region, NH
    Great work! Glad she's doing well! [​IMG]
  5. BackToMyRoots

    BackToMyRoots Chirping

    Jun 29, 2010
    Matthews, NC
    I wonder if any other discussion boards have posts with both "Maggot" and "Success Story" in the title. Gotta love BYC!
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2010

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