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Maggots on chicken's rear

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by fougere5, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. fougere5

    fougere5 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was just closing the coop up and saw one of the hens was just standing there instead of roosting as she normally does. Her rear is very poopy and I grabbed my flashlight and found she is infested with maggots.

    We had this happen to another hen about a month ago because she seemed to have a prolapsed vent- we didn't realize it until it was too late. She had lain an insanely huge egg a few days earlier and then was acting sick a few days later, and too late I found out what it was (sorry, we are newbies at this.) So we assume it was a prolapsed vent from that egg.

    However, this chicken tonight who has maggots no longer lays eggs-- she hasn't in months. I can't tell if there are injuries but she has the same symptoms, she has really runny poo and it's oozing out like a blockage- I just am not sure what to do or think.

    So do maggots come because of an injury only? Could this be worms? I am worried for the rest of the flock. (We have no one in the area who treats chickens so we will be putting her down tomorrow.) I want to make sure I do everything I can to keep the other chickens healthy so again I don't know what's possibly causing this to happen. Thanks for any help.
     
  2. fougere5

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    Anyone?
     
  3. Emma-Leigh

    Emma-Leigh Out Of The Brooder

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    Sounds like fly strike to me, I have no personal experience with it but if it is fly strike you should bathe her in warm salty water. You will also have to remove all the maggots and make sure the area is thoroughly cleaned.
     
  4. Emma-Leigh

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    Something I copied and pasted from another site, it might be helpful.

    Signs and symptoms:
    Very sick hen with open wound, usually around vent, which is crawling with maggots.

    The hen will be lethargic, off its food, and is likely to be pecked by its companions.

    This condition needs urgent treatment.

    ~ Sit hen in bowl of warm saline and keep her in it for 10 -15 minutes. This will give the wound an initial cleaning and will drown many of the maggots. Change the saline solution a couple of times. You may find that the maggots will thrash about in the saline bath.

    ~ Carefully trim the feathers around the wound with blunt ended scissors and then remove as many maggots as you can with a pair of tweezers,

    ~ With a syringe, flush the wound thoroughly with fresh saline solution.

    ~ Pat dry. Do not use anything that will leave linty bits in the wound.

    ~ Isolate hen. Keep her warm and encourage her to drink, syringing water into her beak if she is reluctant to drink of her own accord.

    ~ Repeat the above two or three times a day till there are no maggots left.

    ~ After the first soak, you could give an initial flush out with a weak hydrogen peroxide solution, but don’t use this too often as it is rather harsh and over use will interfere with the formation of granulation tissue.

    ~ Another option is to use a weak iodine solution, with just enough added to water so that it looks like milkless tea.

    ~ If using a saline solution, sea salt is a better option than table salt, as it has not been refined.

    ~ It is best to keep the wound open and dry, so that the air can get down into it. Most of the harmful wound bacteria are anaerobic and they thrive in closed conditions.

    ~ Avoid using wet ointments as flies find the wound and lay their eggs deep in the ointment.

    ~ It is essential that all maggots are removed, as they will eat healthy flesh as well as dead tissue.These are not the specially bred and clinically reared maggots used in the healing and debridement of gangrene or necrotic tissue etc in clinical situations.The maggots are full of bacteria and secrete toxins which are largely responsible for the death of affected hens.

    Further care:

    ~ Isolation of affected hen is essential as its wound will be pecked, and hen will be very weak.

    ~ Keep hen well hydrated.

    - F10 Spray is an insecticidal and germicidal spray effective against bacteria and repels flies. There are also several Ivermectiin based products that can help protect against fly-strike. Most are not licensed in poultry.

    ~ Avipro, Rescue Remedy, Electrolytes….all are useful additions to the hens diet.

    ~ Feed hen with good quality layers pellets, and extra protein when hen recovering.


    ** NB If there is no improvement, or a deterioration after the initial cleaning and first few flushings, or if the wound is extensive in the first place, the advice of a vet should be sought.

    Picture of Flystrike in a hen. Maggots Circled in red. **Warning…not pleasant.

    http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h13/Egluntine/Flystrike-maggots.jpg
     
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2013
  5. fougere5

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    Thank you for the info. I am still unsure as to what caused it- whether she was injured or if she just had diarrhea and the flies got to her.

    Anyone know how to prevent this from happening again? Obviously keeping a closer eye and checking my flock closely every day- but I mean as far as coop conditions, etc? Do we need to somehow disinfect the coop or is there anything we can do to cut down on flies near them/the coop?
     

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