Blue Crown Fatty Tumor

by SG
(East Deer PA)

Can anyone tell me about a fatty tumor ...??

I have had Polly my blue crown to the avian vet twice and she has told me it is a fatty tumor. Not to worry.. but I would like to know if anyone has had this in their bird and what has happened?

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Mar 24, 2011
Bird with fatty tumor
by: The Avian Vet

Fatty tumors are generally benign and cause few to no problems. However, they can become large in some cases and cause respiratory difficulty and other problems. Often times these can be managed with diet and exercise.

Dr B
Switching Birds to Pellets article

Mar 24, 2011
Blue Crown Fatty Tumor
by: Linda

Fatty tumors are just that, fatty. They are caused from birds eating all seed diets for many years, and more will form in different places.

My suggestion is to get your bird on a healthy diet of organic pellets, and I highly recommend Harrison's. The change from seeds to pellets takes time and patience and here is a link to an article written by Avian Vet on how to go about it. The object here is to get your bird completely off seeds because Amazons tend to overeat and so eat too many seeds. Seeds are full of fat and low quality proteins, so birds though fat are actually starving to death for proper nutrients.

Switching Birds to Pellets article

Your bird will need the Lifetime Course Grind, which comes in regular flavor and pepper, for his size in the Harrisons. You may also want to get another one to go with the Harrisons like the Goldn'obles which are shaped like cheerios. We feed a mix of Harrisons regular and pepper and the Goldn'obles plus the fruit and veggies recommended on Harrisons' bag. Make sure you feed as directed on package because Amazons will also overeat pellets too. Basically, Amazons are little eating machines who need plenty of exercise to work off calories they take in. If bird is not that active, then do not feed as much. You'll be trying to get him to eat the pellets at first, and he will do that in time.

So, though the fatty tumor is not life threatening in itself, it is a sign that all may not be well with bird's liver. Seed eating birds or birds otherwise nutritionally challenged will develop fatty liver disease sooner or later. Amazons are very prone to it because they like to eat a lot of whatever they are given. Feed NO human foods at all ever as these are full of salt, sugar and FAT.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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