african grey hen has a lump under the skin below her cere

by george
(ireland)

hi my african grey has a lump under her cere its not open its under the skin and i cant bring her to the vet yet as she is sitting on eggs but its seems to have got bigger any info would help

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May 14, 2010
Lump on African grey
by: The Avian Vet

She needs to be seen by an avian veterinarian as soon as she is off the eggs.

Dr B

May 11, 2010
african grey hen has a lump under the skin below her cere
by: Linda

George, this could be a fatty tissue tumor and needs to be checked by an Avian vet once she is done with this nest. Also, these fatty tissue tumors are caused by too much fat in diet, and if your birds are eating only seeds, then you must change them over to an organic pellet soon as you can. Also NEVER FEED TABLE OR PEOPLE FOOD AS ALL IS HIGH IN FAT, SUGAR AND SALT. With babies on the way, now is a good time to look into the organic pellets. Tracie carries several kinds out here, and we use Harrisons as it is Avian vet endorsed. You may wish to try small amounts of several kinds though as you can use them to see which one or ones birds like best. You need to buy them now so babies can have them as they are weaning because once hooked on the seeds it becomes more difficult to change. Here is an article written by Avian vet about how to go about the change, and now is the time to start.

Switching Birds to Pellets article.

As a general rule, it is best if mother and father are taken to avian vet for a checkup BEFORE BREEDING as this will catch any bacterial infections. Babies get infections from parents only they will not live unless treated quickly for them as they have no immune systems to speak of. If a baby loses weight even one day, then they all have infections which have to be diagnosed and treated.

So, weigh babies everyday, and if you see a day without weight gain, then you're looking at a sick babies. Due to how contageous infections are, all babies and both parents will need to be diagnosed and treated. Entire cage and nestbox area will need to be cleaned up using a bird safe cleaner. Tracie carries Focus out here, and it comes in concentrated form. Make sure all birds are not in area when spraying because it is not good to get into their eyes, on their feathers or to have them breathing it in. It IS nontoxic, and if you take proper precautions is safe once dry.

So, get some pellets for your size bird. The babies' will need to be soaked when they are ready to start weaning (not before 8-9 weeks). Once mother cuts back on feedings is the time to start offering them the soaked pellets. Babies like different textures, and shapes as they play with food at first, so get a variety of pellets for all the birds.

Hopefully your hen will feed babies. If not, then you'll have to handfeed them using baby parrot formula also out here. You have to use a syringe, and you'll need a breeder or the vet to show you how as this is a learned skill.

Thanks for writing and keep us posted on how things are going.

Linda

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