The vet just called. The girls do not have worms.
You'd think I'd be elated to hear this but I was really hoping that they did. It would explain this random behavior change. Spice seemed a bit better last night. But now Ginger seems off. And hasn't laid an egg since we put Sugar down. Could she be mourning? She always pecked at the Bunkies so I assumed she didn't like them. But perhaps she really did love them?
The vet seems most concerned w/ her panting in the afternoon and not the morning and asked that I bring Spice inside where it's cool to see what she does. So I'll give that a try. But I really don't think that's it. I mean, Sugar was panting and I brought her to the vet's office where it was nice and cool and we were there for hours and she only panted and wheezed harder.
But I'll give it a try. Can't do any harm. Sugar was full of fluid that was compressing her lungs. That's why she was wheezing. And when I give Spice a squeeze she feels fuller than she should and she screams at me and tenses up like it's painful.
I really feel the wheezing is a secondary effect of the "real" issue. What ever that may be.
So I'm going to just let this ride for a while and see what pans out. I really don't know what else to do. I'm still beating myself up for not sending Sugar to UC Davis. I will always regret that decision.