LittleKitty has a big squishy blocked crop. Our kind bird vet spent a day lavage-ing and suctioning the goo out. We did 7 days of oral baytril then have been squirting nystatin down her throat (she likes this much better than the baytril) because the culture of her crop goo grew out e.coli and yeast.
We pick up the crop daily and massage it, and it decreases in size then she makes normal looking chickenpoops which obviously are made of chicken feed, topped by white urates as usual. Then, she goes to bed up high on the roosts like usual.
The other day, on an unrelated call to the police as our neighborhood kids were once again shooting rounds of plastic pellets all over the place, at our neighbors boat (PING! POING!) and into our yard, the officer asks, "is there any damage to your property?" as I stand holding the giant squishy chicken, and the light goes on in my head, "OMG, I think she's full of those pellets!"
I handed these to the officer, the second handful I collected from my lawn that day:
I have since obtained the MSDS (materials safety data sheet) from the manufacturer of pellets sold in this area (Cosman), and luckily they should be nontoxic. They do not biodegrade.
I can imagine LittleKitty scooping up the colored orbs as they seemingly fell from heaven.
Massaging LittleKitty is akin to working a stressball. You know those squishy balls the physical therapist gives you to strengthen your grip and relieve your anxiety? She's full of these beads.
Does anybody have suggestions on what to do next?