Hi, I am a new member and dealing with what appears to be a critical situation with one of my hens. I have a three year old barred rock hen. Sometimes she has a "poopy" butt. Yesterday, as I was mowing the lawn (yes, its almost summer here in Florida), I noticed that she had blood running down her back end! I filled a large tote in my bathtub with warm water and some Epsom salts and stuck her in it. Immediately, the water began to turn red from the blood and I was sickened by the smell of rot! As she contentedly soaked in the water I started to notice maggots rising to the surface~ From what I gather, this may very well be a case of fly strike. I read up on it yesterday and put her in a cage on my back porch, so no flies could get to the area, now that it is clean. I also trimmed some of the feathers around her vent. I must say that I cannot distinguish where her vent is anymore, as the whole area looks like eaten flesh. Some things I read say to put antibiotic ointment on the wound, others say no ointment, so as to keep the area dry? I also added some Oxytetracycline powder to her water. My main concern is that this wound is actively bleeding. Quite a bit of blood this morning on the towel that is on the bottom of her cage. I made up some saline water in a spray bottle and tried to wash away the blood by spraying the area with the saline. I used the towel to blot the area. I have no experience dealing with a sick chicken. I have four others and they all roam my backyard. Fortunately, they have all been in good health. I really need some advice on how to best care for this large wound and the bleeding. I haven't read any articles about flystrike where it speaks of bleeding. Thank you all so much for any help or suggestions.