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Need some help really bad, maggots ate through my rooster neck!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Atlas LaHaye, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. Atlas LaHaye

    Atlas LaHaye In the Brooder

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    Okay so I have been posting about my rooster who had botulism he is now SO much better, but I am at war with maggots, I bath him in warm water( he LOVES it), and I thought he was trying to drown himself yesterday as he kept putting his head under water (so I held it up fo him), but tonight I noticed a black cut looking thing on his neck, and I looked, and surprise surprise, it has maggots in it, and I think I see in his neck like his tubes, my question is:

    Can I clean his neck under water or will that kill him (I can not get meds at the moment)
    have I lost this war do I have to put him down now?
    I have him in a cage now where flies can't get him.


    PLEASE HELP!!
    Thank you.
     
  2. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation 9 Years

    Every single maggot must be removed. You may need to use tweezers to accomplish this. Water will not kill them.
     
  3. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    The maggots only eat dead flesh. The wound needs meds. A.S.A.P.
     
  4. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

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    I have heard of people using hydrogen peroxide to get the maggots out and then rinsing the wound with water to dilute any residual H2O2. I would look it up first though (via search on BYC) since I haven't done it and don't know all the "rules" of when to apply it and when not to.
     
  5. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    gotta get 'em out. ALL of them. If the rooster is breathing ok, then try putting him in a Betadine (povidone iodine) bath up to & just above the top of the wound. As someone else mentioned, you may need to use tweezers to get them all.
     
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Quote:NOT true.
     
  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Use regular strength hydrogen perixide to flush them out. Use an irrigation syringe (the ones with the curved, pointed tip) if possible, and keep flushing until you don't get any more. Pack the wound with SWAT or FLYS OFF ointment. Next day flush with diluted povidone iodine to make sure there are no more maggots. Put him on a strong antibiotic (baytril is best). Keep him inside away from flies until he is all healed.
     
  8. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    Do you have ANY meds of any kind that you could use?

    Peroxide? Neosporin? I have used both on chickens with no ill effects. But, I am not a Vet and dont even play one on TV.
     
  9. Chloe09

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    Wash the wound with diluted betadine and if you don't have that tonight- wash the area with some type of mild soap. It will not hurt the wound to get wet or to wash the area. Whatever maggots remain pick those out with a pair of tweezers and then reclean the wound. Keep the bird inside. You can pack the wound with neosporin without the caine in it. Leave the wound open with the neosporin on it. Tomorrow recheck the wound and pick up some betadine and was the wound. Remove any remaining maggots. Start the bird on some antiiotics. Continue to keep the bird inside until the wound has healed. Increase the bird's protein to aid with wound healing with some cooked eggs. Give us updates.
     
  10. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Quote:NOT true.

    We'll have to look this one up.
     

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