Hi everyone. My sweet crested Pekin was behaving tired over the weekend, then on Monday she was resting instead of foraging, didn't come when I called her, was not excited about treats, and then pooped blood. I am lucky enough to have a 24 hour avian hospital in my area so we went in.
Her doctor could feel a swollen mass when she gave her an internal exam, that could be infected inflamed tissue, egg bound material, or a tumor. We did a fecal, blood work, and xrays. She had a large amount of white blood cells, so we started her on antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. They gave her fluids and tube fed her, and she perked up! I left her over night, and picked her up the next day.
We are keeping her inside, per doctor instructions. She is staying in our large bathroom, and nibbling on lettuce, meal worms, and tomatoes. Her favorites. I dug up worms for her yesterday, and she exuberantly gobbled them up. But she is mostly ignoring her Purina layer pellets that she usually eats. Typically she likes them a lot. She is only pooping about 5 times a day - and she usually eats and eliminates a LOT more. She loves to eat normally. I know part of her appetite is diminished because she is stressed and misses her 5 sisters and her coop.
Can you think of a "kibble" type food she might eat? Something super amazing tasty for ducks - besides just freeze dried meal worms. :-)