- May 9, 2018
I have a female racing homer about 5 months old. We released her with our flock for their first 10 mile training release on Tuesday the 27th. She did not return with the flock, but instead came in 2 hours later, huffing and puffing. We decided to keep her in, and give her rest for 3 days. 2 days ago we released her with the flock from a 7 mile distance, and she came back with the rest of the flock. When I went to retrieve her yesterday morning, she had a mushy green diarrhea around her vent feathers. She was immediately put into isolation, and I watched her intently throughout the day, and gave her access to as much feed and water as she wanted. I've also given her nutridrench. Her droppings in the morning were very watery with not alot of solid material. In the afternoon they looked slightly better, but there was not a lot of solid urates in her waste. She appeared to be slightly puffed out at some points during the day, but other than that has looked physically fine. My flock of pigeons get fed 2 tbsp per bird in the morning upon their return from flight, and 1tbsp per bird in the evening after the new youngsters have loft flown. This bird has already laid her first set of eggs, and is usually one of my fastest fliers with the exception of her first 10 miler. I checked her throat, and their were no signs of canker. It was nice and pretty pink. I've attached a picture of her vent area, her physical condition, and her fecal material in the afternoon. Any thoughts or insights would be greatly appreciated. I'm wondering if she could just be stressed about flying because of some sort of predator attack.