So when my daughter put the chickens away in their coop yesterday afternoon, she failed to mention to me that she couldn't find our sweet Cali. So this morning my hubby woke me up to tell me that he saw my chicken laying in the yard and she looked dead...I ran out there, and found that she was not yet dead but looked very close to it. She had been out probably most of the later afternoon and all night. I scooped her up in a towel and brought her in to warm her up and dry her off. I then noticed she had a HUGE wound on her side and bum...So I called my sister in law to help me get her cleaned up. After talking to numerous people, they said to get her in the sink and rinse her off with the kitchen hose and used some antibacterial soap. Once we got her cleaned up, we looked a little closer to find she was COVERED in maggots. We gave her a bath again and tried to rinse them all off her. We thought we had them all but once we put her on the counter again, they just kept coming out of nowhere...I started to use a q-tip to wipe them from under the skin and saw that they were coming out of her skin. There were THOUSANDS of them. I dont understand how she got maggots so fast since she was only out there less than 24 hrs. Anyways, after noticing that she looked like she had a puncture wound on her lower back, and so many maggots, and she was not able to walk on her leg at all, we decided she didnt need to suffer anymore and we had to put her down. She would have been 6 months old in two days.