Sick hen with lots of worms

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by NewTxChick61, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. NewTxChick61

    NewTxChick61 New Egg

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    I have read lots of posts on worming chickens, particularly sick ones so upfront, thank you to all who reply to us frantic and new chicken mommas. I have a 3 yr old Rhode Island who probably weighs 4pounds. I'm not good at guessing weight. She is very sick with a bloody rear and 1/4inch worms coming out. I have given her Pedialyte last night until I could get to the feed store. I bought Corid, Vazine, and Ivermax (Ivermectin) not sure really what to get. The guy at the feed store said it wouldn't hurt to give her Corid and Wazine if she was very sick. I have only given her Wazine in Pedialyte ( 6 tsp to 1/2 gallon) in a syringe. She won't eat. Am I way off? How often do I try to have her take some with the syringe? I'm probably getting 10 ml down her every 2-3 hours. Am I off course? Please help me. Thank you!
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Is the blood coming from her vent, or is her vent infected? I ask that because I wonder if there could be maggots in her vent from flystrike if there was poop on her vent area. The other possibility is that she could have capillary worms which can cause blood in droppings. Capillary worms are treated with fenbendazole or SafeGuard liquid goat wormer or equine paste, given 1/4 ml per pound of weight (1.25 ml for a 5 lb chicken,) given orally 5 days in a row. You can bathe her vent area in warm betadine water, soapy water, or epsom salts water, and usually maggots will fall of in the water if there are any.
     
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  3. NewTxChick61

    NewTxChick61 New Egg

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    Oh dear, I may be treating the wrong thing. I think it's coming from her vent but there is so much dried poop on her, it's hard to tell. They look like maggots and where she was sitting, there were lots of them. I can buy some Safeguard tomorrow. Can I give that to her since I have already given her the Vazine? I'll clean the area off in a warm Epson salt bath. Boy, this gets complicated! I appreciate your help!
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Can you get her into a warm bath to soak off the poop, and see if there are maggots? It is an emergency if it is flystrike, since maggots can kill a chicken. If the vent is infected or pecked and there is maggots, then your chicken may not need the worm treatment. I would bathe her tonight, dry her off, keep her inside for warmth in a crate, and repeat the bath in the am if you see maggots.
     
  5. NewTxChick61

    NewTxChick61 New Egg

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    The smell is awful, too. Okay, I'll bathe her now. Thank you! If it is fly strike, do I only bathe her and spray the wound ( if there is one) with saline water? No meds?
     
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
    You might find some helpful info here.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...ergency-and-supportive-care-updated-4-11-2016

    Nothing there about flystrike, but there is other info about how you should handle her. If she's really sick, avoid getting her too wet, that could kill her.

    -Kathy
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    @NewTxChick61 , Eggcessive is correct, the poop and maggots *must* be removed. I was just trying to say that you probably don't need to wet her whole body to do it. [​IMG] Do it inside where it's warm, with warm water, have a hair dryer ready, and might also be a good idea to warm up some towels in the clothes dryer for her.

    -Kathy
     
  8. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    I haven't treated flystrike, but in the many threads I have read, the maggots will come off with saline, soap and water, betadine, epsome salts, and probably chlorhexidene as well. Using tweezers helps to remove them. then coat her wound if any, with plain Neosporin or bacitracin ointment. SWAT for horses (contains permethrin) and screwworm spray can also help to kill maggots on contact. God luck, and let us know what you find. Pictures are helpful. Casportpony is right about doing a shallow bath, and drying her well if she is very weak or cold.
     
  9. NewTxChick61

    NewTxChick61 New Egg

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    Eggsessive, I bathed her and she is red and raw around her vent. I did not see any more maggots. I also put a saline solution on it. I'll repeat it in the morning. I hope this does the trick. Let me know if I should do anything else, please. Thank you very much.
     
  10. casportpony

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    Keep her inside where it's warm. Can you post a picture of her raw spot?

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