Okay, this is totally gross. We've noticed for a few weeks that he didn't smell good, but we couldn't find anything wrong and he acts perfectly normally. Well, today my son caught him and we moved his rear end feathers back, and discovered that he has a violently red area around his vent as well as maggots crawling all around and in it. nasty nasty nasty!! Anyway, we were on our way out the door to run errands, so I quickly grabbed the betadine and thoroughly doused the area, and then we left him out while we locked up the rest of the chickens. Then I looked up "worms" on this forum and realized they were maggots. The first thing I saw without taking time to go farther was to use pine shavings instead of straw (which we've been using lately!) because shavings dry out quicker and maggots thrive in moisture. So the last errand we did was buy some shavings and my son is out there now spreading them in the pen. Questions: Can we eat the eggs my hens have been laying? could they be infected? I'm positive my rooster has been mating with just about all of them. I sold some eggs just a few days ago and have another customer coming in 2 days. Should I tell her not to come? What do I do about the rooster's maggots? Should I separate him from the hens until I figure something out? I assume he's had this problem for weeks since he's been smelling bad for a while. All the hens are probably affected, but I haven't started examining them yet. What do I do? Help, someone, please!