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Myiasis, Fly Blown
Flystrike occurs when adult flies lay their eggs within an existing open wound present in the bird. The eggs hatch and release the fly larvae (aka maggots). Flies reproduce extremely fast---the eggs only require 8 to 12 hours to hatch. As the eggs hatch, the developing larvae eat on the flesh from the wound and surrounding tissue of the chicken, resulting in severe tissue damage, increased risk of secondary bacterial infections.