Hi, my pigeon Aurora is not in an identical situation but could have an hormones issue too.
Last September I noticed that she looked a bit strange and I twice saw her breathing - for only a few seconds - with open beak. I checked her carefully and I discovered that she had fluid into her abdomen.
I immediately brought her to my vets.
The first vet suspected liver cancer or hepatitis.
The second vet took an x-ray: it did not show anything wrong (no
tumor, no eggs, no enlarged liver, etc). She suspected a peritonitis related to her bad reproductive organ system (Aurora is only nearly 6 years old but she stopped eggs laying really early: in 2018 or 2019).
To this day, I administered three antibiotic courses (plus anti-inflammatory), she got drained more than once...
Apparently she looks fine: eats with appetite, walks and flies around home, pecks at my hands, coos, etc. Poops look good.
That said, I suspect that she could have a hormones issues because I noticed that apparently fluid increases when she is not sitting on her fake eggs (this is why I let her incubate her fake eggs). But it's just a guess. The big problem is that I do not know what is causing the fluid (except for x-ray both my vets do not do tests... And I haven't found other vets who treat pigeons). So I thought that we could exchange all info and share our experiences.
How did your vet determine that her hormones are overly active? Did he do a test? If yes, what test?
Unfortunately I have never found a way to stop eggs laying (or to fight the urge of mating like in Aurora's case).
I had a pigeon, Londo, who had a cloacal prolapse. When she had it the first time (2019) the lady vet made an injection for hormones so she didn't lay eggs for about three months. She didn't specify if it was a lupron injection so I can't confirm you that. She told me that it was an injection for calming down hormones. As I wrote she didn't lay eggs for about three months but then, even if she was alone in a cage (without boxes, etc), she laid them twice (January 2020). At least one of the eggs (I can't remember all details) was without shell. I don't know if there is a correlation with the injection (unfortunately she laid another shell less egg in 2022 and we lost her) but now I wonder that...
You said that you read some pretty bad things about injections. Could you please share the links?
I'm considering if trying injections or an implant. I will ask for a second opinion to my other vet (I will share with you her reply). The first vet said that we could try an implant but added that he never did that in a pigeon in a similar condition to the one of Aurora (so we can't know if there could be side effects or something else).
I have several concerns.
As first thing I don't know what is the cause of liquid (I wonder if she has even liver issues. In all cases she's getting from September two different liver supplement). On February 8th the vet did another x-ray because he wanted to see if there is any ovarian cyst but he was not able to see anything because there was too much liquid.
Then I fear to break the "equilibrium" in which Aurora is living. You know, I wonder "There could be side effects? Could I make the situation worse?". Apparently she looks fine, she's very active and dynamic (last time she got drained she had too much fluid and so sometimes looked breathless, heavy in flying and had low wings). But I know that the situation is serious and could kill her in a long term (in all cases the vet ruled out surgery because it is too risky and dangerous).
I also fear cancer.
The fluid is also becoming thick and so last time the vet was not able to drain all of it. I know that this is not a good sign.
Does your bird have fluid too? Or only fat? Here I read about different causes of abdominal distension and they mention even fat:
I'm going to share some of the links that I read in these months. I hope that you could find helpful info:
Learn about the veterinary topic of Reproductive Diseases of Pet Birds. Find specific details on this topic and related topics from the MSD Vet Manual.
Ovarian neoplasia can be defined as an abnormal growth of tissue. Tumors can be either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). The term ovarian refers to a part of the reproductive system of the bird in question.
Have you asked to the vet if your vet could have liver issues too? If you have a translator I attach a few links in italian language:
You could try to regularly add a liver protector to his drinking water and see if you see any benefits. I use this one:
9.35? - Ocecholine VIRBAC - Véto Products
Sorry for the very long post.