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 Maggots , Fly Strike, Fly-Blow, Myiasis

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Cynthia

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PostSubject: Maggots , Fly Strike, Fly-Blow, Myiasis   Maggots , Fly Strike, Fly-Blow, Myiasis Icon_minitimeMon Feb 16, 2009 6:42 am





Contrary to popular belief the maggots that you might find on a pigeon, dove or any other wild animal are neither harmless nor beneficial, nor do they feed only on necrotic flesh. They are deadly.

A couple of years ago I was told that there was a fledgeling dove on the ground near my office and that flies had been crawling over her. I picked her up, took her home and did a quick check for injuries and fly eggs. I didn’t find any.

The next morning I checked her again before carrying out the rest of my morning chores and two hours later as I was about to leave for work I checked her yet again . This time her tail area
was a heaving mass of maggots and pulpy half eaten flesh , some of the maggots were already entering her vent . She had her eyes closed , was gasping and visibly going into shock. I realised that the flies that had been seen crawling over her had laid their eggs at the base of the feather shafts and that she was
being eaten alive.

Flies will lay hundreds of eggs in damp areas and orifices of vulnerable animals. The eggs look like tiny grains of rice which hatch very quickly into maggots. Because of the sheer quantity of maggots they will immediately start to feed on both healthy and necrotic flesh whilst they produce large quantities of toxins and toxic waste. Failure to remove the maggots will lead to the death of the bird.

During hot weather we should examine any sick or injured birds that come into our care for fly eggs and remove them with tweezers, forceps or with a stiff brush like a nail brush. If the maggots are hatched they must be removed immediately because every second the damage to the healthy tissues will increase.

In this particular case I used sterile saline to flush as many of the maggots as I could off her and out of her, then picked off stragglers with eyebrow tweezers. I dosed her with Moxydectin to kill any that I had missed and gave her Metacam for the pain and to counteract septic shock. I also treated her for shock by keeping her warm and giving her Hartmann’s Fluids IP (intraperitoneum) because she was so close to dying. After that I put her on a course of antibiotics.

Later I found out that it is possible to make a solution that kills maggots by mixing 1 part Ivermectin to 9 parts of water and using it in small quantities directly on the maggots. It must be applied as soon as it is mixed and any of the solution that is left over must be discarded, because it is unstable.

The confusion about the effect of maggots on birds has been caused by the publicity given to aggot Therapy, which is a different matter altogether. This involves using small quantities of sterile maggots from the green bottle fly for the debridement of wounds. These particular maggots are necrophagous (they only eat necrotic flesh) and are applied in a clinical environment under medical
supervision.

Maggie lost a few tail feathers, all but one grew back. Other than that she made a full recovery and was released into my garden with
two other rescued doves.

Cynthia
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PostSubject: Re: Maggots , Fly Strike, Fly-Blow, Myiasis   Maggots , Fly Strike, Fly-Blow, Myiasis Icon_minitimeTue Feb 17, 2009 10:20 am

Thank you for adding this very valuable information.

I had an experience last summer with maggots on one of my chickens. They were eating her alive.

It was one of the most horrific things I have witmessed. There were hundreds of them just below her

vent area and they had gotten under her skin too. It took some doing to get them all off and out of

her. :eek:

Thankfully, she recovered and is doing great.

I think your post needs to be moved to the resource section as a sticky.
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PostSubject: Re: Maggots , Fly Strike, Fly-Blow, Myiasis   Maggots , Fly Strike, Fly-Blow, Myiasis Icon_minitimeTue Feb 17, 2009 11:54 am

Actually...I think this post could easily be the beginning of a predator sticky.

Personally, I view maggots and ants to be just as destructive as Birds of Prey, Rats and Snakes

Raccoons and other creatures that are deadly to Pigeons.
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PostSubject: what is the vent area?    Maggots , Fly Strike, Fly-Blow, Myiasis Icon_minitimeTue Apr 05, 2011 8:41 am

I was reading a post about maggots on birds and read that they got in the pigeons vent area. what is the vent area?
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PostSubject: Re: Maggots , Fly Strike, Fly-Blow, Myiasis   Maggots , Fly Strike, Fly-Blow, Myiasis Icon_minitimeTue Apr 05, 2011 8:51 am

marinaolis wrote:

I was reading a post about maggots on birds and read that they got in the pigeons vent area. what is the vent area?

thanks,
marina

The vent is where a bird evacuates their waste products, more commonly referred to as droppings or crazy . Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Maggots , Fly Strike, Fly-Blow, Myiasis   Maggots , Fly Strike, Fly-Blow, Myiasis Icon_minitimeTue Apr 05, 2011 5:31 pm

Yes, we all know the importance of keeping mosquitoes away from our birds, but flies can be just as bad.
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PostSubject: Re: Maggots , Fly Strike, Fly-Blow, Myiasis   Maggots , Fly Strike, Fly-Blow, Myiasis Icon_minitimeTue Apr 05, 2011 11:20 pm

NiteOwl wrote:
Yes, we all know the importance of keeping mosquitoes away from our birds, but flies can be just as bad.

I agree

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