No, I did not take him to the vet, at this time I just could not afford the vet fees. I'm also a bit leery, as the last time I took a parakeet to the vet, he did unauthorised surgery, for a blocked oil gland, the cost was nearly 500.00 , but worse, the poor thing suffered thru the night and died the next day. My current Parakeet is named Nico.
By your description it sounds to me that Nico has developed a fatty tumor. This is due to a high fat diet that was probably attributed to the seeds he was consuming. What you need to do is modify him to an immediate low fat regimen. Some of the seeds he was consuming were obviously the culprit and the reason why you would find advice posted everywhere about a balanced diet.
I would recommend diced blueberries (his dropping will turn blue dont be alarmed), diced raspberry's, strawberry even apple or other fruit... avoid high citric acid stuff like orange. Thinly sliced and cut green beans, shaved corn, carrots or anything else of this nature would suffice. The pet store would probably be able to assist with this as well. Tell them you need a no to low fat content in the diet.
These tumors when treated will dissipate, thats the good news. The bad news is that when they are left untreated they become a more serious issue that requires surgery. As you have already been made aware the process can be expensive and takes on a whole plethora of risks in its own right.
I would recommend a collar to avoid picking at the tumor and advancing the skin wound. I would think you could find this at a local pet/vet supply. Its important to ward off infection long enough to treat the little guy.
It is important to remember that Nico's instinct is to avoid the visual perception of injury to avoid predation and harassment from other birds. He is not going to show you he is sick. When he does it would most likely be a quick decline.
Also try to make him exercise a couple of times a day by playing with him. The activity is good for him. If he seems active we wont address pain relief at the moment. If and when it does become apparent... purchase some unflavored liquid ibuprofen... mix it one teaspoon medicine to two parts water. Administer it twice a day by dropper at the end of the beak. Do not get it into or near the nostrils. It will aid him if he is in discomfort.
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