I had my white dove outside in its cage to enjoy the sun. I have done this for the past 4years with no issues. I came back to find she had a hole in her chest. It looks like an animal got to her, but I don't know how something could get in the cage? there was no blood, no apparent discomfort from my bird ( I was more in panic mode). I took her to a vet who said her crop was torn and she was not holding food. The only 2 options I had were to stitch her ($500 cost) Or euthanize her. I do love this bird and we have a special bond, but I don't have the funds to pay $500, and I didn't think it was fair for me to take her life without giving her a fighting chance. I did research online and stumbled on these forums, this was a godsend as many of the forums have said these birds are resilient and self healing. I've been applying some natural ointment on the wound. My dove is holding in food and water as I don't see any food coming out. She is going to the bathroom, and walking around like normal. But she looks a bit mangled. We're on Day 4, and surprisingly still alive. It seems like some filler has formed over the crop, I have no idea what it is. I would appreciated any help or feedback from someone more experienced, is there anything more I can do?