I'm very sorry to hear about your troubles, I hope the stress lets up for you soon :( This spring seems to just have it out for the birds.
Olive's lungs sounded clear to the vet, but they could see the labored breathing and didn't doubt that she had wheezing fits. She's now on an antibiotic (and an antifungal to prevent a form of mouth thrush from said antibiotic) and has proven to be the easiest to dose animal ever because she loves her medicine. Hold the plunger out and she rushes it to gobble it up! I'm glad, I really don't like damaging relationships by prying a bird's mouth open.
We also got our necropsy results for the deceased chicken and it wasn't marek's, I feel like a weight has been lifted off my body. Which it has,very literally. I'd been stressing so much over these birds, having nightmares and forgetting to eat, and fussing over the new baby duckling that I lost 8lbs in the last week. I don't believe in caring too much but if ever there was something to make me almost wish I cared less it is the uncertainty and helplessness that sometimes comes with animal husbandry! It is nice to know Olive and my other birds will be fine, and she'll grow in to perfect hugging size soon enough.
I am celebrating most of my chickens' birthdays this weekend, so Olive will benefit in the way of getting to try mealworms and watermelon for the first time. Do ducks like mealworms as much as chickens...? I have a feeling she'll like the melon more.
AW, thank you. I just love ducks of all kinds and all the posts about their lives and the great people behind them. Sweet how little Olive will benefit from mealworms. I am several days behind here. How is little Olive?