when Our region went into stricter lockdown, it made the testing quite difficult, prior to this the plan was to get any tests needed at a local lab... but that’s not possible now. (Everything is very strict here now and not sure if you saw previously but it’s illegal to give medical attention or care to a wild pigeon here, and the fine is €200k!) so for now, no tests are available.She may had too much food or she still is a bit sensitive. I hope she manages to keep her food down.
Thats a great idea to use a cardboard splint. I would say leave it on for a week, then remove it to see if her toes stay in a correct position and to allow her to flex her joints. If not, resplint it and wait another week. If the joints are unable to move for longer than a week, ankylosis may occur and make her joints immovable. You may want to carefully trim her toe claws, but be careful not to cut into the quick, of course. Her long claws will cause her toes to rotate as I can see in the front toe and can lead to deformity if left too long.
That is good that you are making her formula taste like greens. This will help immensely when you transition her to solids. Be sure to use only fresh greens to avoid E. coli etc.
Maybe the right probiotics will aid in her digestion. You can add a minute bit of probiotic powder (1/16-1/8 measuring teasoon a day for a few days). Any probiotic will do except ones that may contain enterococcus species (which may disrupt or kill normal bird gut enterococcus) or streptococcus faecdium/faecalis. The gut bacteria of herbavores usually also contain certain fragile species of cellulose-digesting bacteria, which may be difficult to replace, especially after use of empiric or systemic antibiotics. They really need to develop species-specific strains of probiotics for birds. Domestic pigeons have a unique species specific gut microbiota bacteria which they have in abundance called Enteroccus columbae, and is found no where else in other species.
Also, according to a field study conducted between 2017-2018 in Italy, 23% of collected wild wood pigeons had a low levels of small worms in their gut. They found mainly crestodes (16.3%), nematodes (14.4%) and the rest were Digenea ssp. (2.5%). These can cause minor problems like a degree of undernutrition or weight loss and other gastrointestinal disorders like inflammation, constriction, compaction or stasis in severe cases. Using dewormers may be hard on their systems (especially panacur). Moxidectin is safer, even safer than ivermectin with birds. Has a vet performed a fecal floatation on her to check for worm egg casts. I know you said you used your microscope, but I don't know if she was tested by a vet. I guess I will have to read up (again my fault for joining in on the thread late). It may be hard to find and may need a few tests to tell as nematode eggs are very small and few and far between, and I know I mentioned it before with you.
her nails definitely need trimming, It’s very hard as she was vomiting every time we tried last week. She hates her feet being touched. I’ll definitely do them in a week when I take the splint off the first time - my husband needs to be with me and holding her, she wriggles the entire time even when wrapped/swaddled very well.
i just gave her some formula balls as we have a power cut and I couldn’t warm the water for formula. Strangely,no gagging Whatsoever! She’s a funny little bean. Lucky I can give my full attention to her!
We are a vegan family so celebrate “thanksliving”, same to you! our day is over now and we’re all off to bed! X