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Anna, Bird Expert, Biologist
Category: Bird
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Experience:  Have owned and/or raised parakeets, finches, cockatiels, and poultry over a period of thirty years.
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My parakeet has been spending a lot of time in a little

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My parakeet has been spending a lot of time in a little fabric tent thing in the top of the cage. It's come out and. Sat on perch for bit but I thought this strange because typically they go in and come right back out. Now today when I got home its back in there in the bottom. I coached it out and noticed a bump like a tumor or something on the lowerer part of its chest. It kind of tries to bit at it. It's not puffed up I think I saw it eat yesterday (1 of 4 in big cage)
I plan to try to get it in at the vet I. The morning... But I'm a bit nervous
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  Anna replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome. My name is ***** ***** I'm a biologist with a special interest in avian health. I'm sorry to hear of Pretty Bird's problem. Some additional information will be useful.

Is the bump on the right or left side of the chest?

Offer him some food and see if he'll eat it. Let me know.

Thank you.


Expert:  Anna replied 1 year ago.

Hi again,

It appears you went offline without seeing my request for additional information. Because I don't want you to have to wait any longer, I'm going to answer as best I can without that information.

Just as with any other animal or human, lumps in parakeets have many potential causes. With a bump in this location, a problem with the crop is one possibility. Food is stored there, but sometimes doesn't pass through like it should. That results in a swelling that looks like a lump. If there's a bacterial infection of the crop, antibiotics would be needed. A fungal infection would require an antifungal. An impaction of the crop may need to be removed surgically.

The lump may also be an abscess. A pocket of infection can form because of a wound so tiny we don't even notice it to begin with. Abscesses need to be drained, then treated with antibiotics.

Unfortunately, parakeets are very prone to tumors, so there's a chance that's what it is. Tumors can be cancerous or benign. Parakeets have survived for lengthy times with non-cancerous tumors, and they can survive surgery for tumor removal. But so much depends on the type of tumor, how deep it goes, and whether it has spread (if cancerous).

With all these possibilities, you'll have to wait until your vet examines Pretty Bird. I know how worried you are, but there just isn't anything to do but wait at this point. If you have more questions, let me know in a REPLY. I'll be keeping you and Pretty Bird in my thoughts and hoping for the best possible outcome.


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