Wierd larvae in poop!?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by HappyClucker7, Aug 26, 2016.

  1. HappyClucker7

    HappyClucker7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, I was cleanig out the coop today when I notist all these wierd larvae in the poop. They don't look like maggots which I am really really happy about, but I'm not sure what they are. I have seen a lot of flies in the coop, so could they be fly larvae? They are white and sort of rectangular. Will they hurt my chickens? And, what can I do about them? Please help! I really don't want anything to happen to my girls!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    They sound like tapeworms.
     
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  4. HappyClucker7

    HappyClucker7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just googled tapeworms, and that is definately not what they are. They are only about 5 or 6 milimeters long.
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Segments break off and are smaller, they are about the size if a flatten piece of rice.
     
  6. HappyClucker7

    HappyClucker7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm pretty sure that they were just fly larvae. Thanks though!
     
  7. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fly larvae "maggots" are kinda square at one end and pointed at the other.
     
  8. HappyClucker7

    HappyClucker7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes! that's exactly what they looked like!
     
  9. Mr Beaks

    Mr Beaks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is a bad year for flies! As long as you keep the coops clean your hens should be fine. You may want to keep an eye on their bottoms as poo build-up sometimes accumulates around the vent area. If this happens it can cause flystrike (where the flies lay their eggs in the poo) and the hatched maggots eat the flesh around and sometimes inside the vent.
     
  10. HappyClucker7

    HappyClucker7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I will check them right now.
     

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