This morning Ermentrude was looking rough - all fluffed up and sleeping with her head in her feather.
We knew something wasn't right.
When we gave her food as usual, she perked up and started moving about, but then, went back to sleep.
We thought we'd leave her alone and see, but as it's that time of the year, we didn't want to have any emergencies, so we took her to the vets.
There was no egg stuck in her, but the vet found multiple lumps inside her.
She had a cancer.
She looked fine, especially on her way to the vet. Looking around, singing a little bit...but she was full of fluid that built up inside her due to the cancer. There wasn't anything the vet could do to cure her, and the cancer was going to make her suffer.
We had to put her to sleep. I'll never forget her "fine face" when she was taken into the "back room" of the vet. She really did, look fine, like a fine quail.
R.I.P. Ermentrude, the easy going quail.
Thanks for the eggs...
That's that. Our Quail Quest ended today.
For the time being we won't get any quail. One day, when we move somewhere with a much bigger land, we will make a HUGE quail house, maybe get 4 quail, and give them the best life they can possibly have.
Until then...Good bye!