maggotts in chicken wound

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cin0758, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. cin0758

    cin0758 New Egg

    Aug 12, 2011
    My dog got to my chickens and I have one that has a wound on his neck. I have tried cleaning it out but the maggotts are just horrible. I used peroxide but the maggots just keep coming out and I cant seem to get all of them. anyone have any suggestions besides picky them out since there are some many? thanks
  2. Frost Homestead

    Frost Homestead eggmonger

    Jul 9, 2011
    Lago Vista, TX
    You're going to have to get those maggots out, I know it's a task and there are a lot but your chicken wont heal until they are removed. I would not use straight peroxide out of the bottle as it can damage the flesh, I would get a bottle and rinse it with saline. If you don't have/can't get saline then dilute the peroxide with water. then use tweezers or whatever you need to pick the maggots out of the wound. the rinse the wound again and keep picking them out.

    Pack the hole where the maggots are with anti-biotic ointment and repeat this everyday until they are gone. the maggots wont like the ointment. not all maggots stick to eating dead flesh, if there is no more dead flesh available they will eat living flesh
  3. Sachasmom

    Sachasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2009
    Upstate NY
    YOu need to get the maggots off. Not only will they kill living flesh, they release a toxin that will eventually lead to multiple organ failure. (We lost a Siberian Husky to complications from fly strike)

    For flystrike in rabbits (I've never treated a chicken case, so I dunno if these things are chicken safe suggestions)

    First pick off maggots. Tweezers help. Check any moist areas like the vent.

    Next I spray with a flea spray for kittens.

    Finally I give a shot of Ivomec for any internal ones I may miss. I have also squirted it into a hole that had maggots in it that I could not get out. (The rabbit lived)

    Lastly, you'll need to check the chicken again in a few hours for new hatches, repeat every couple hours til you get them all.

    Of course, the chicken/rabbit needs to be inside and poop free, if you leave it outside flies will continue to lay eggs on it. Downed or sick animals are at a high risk for fly strike.

    In cases that I treated I had better than 75% survival rate. One I culled because the rabbits hide was peeling up and infected. [​IMG]

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