budgie feather cyst

by Brittany

feather cyst

feather cyst

feather cyst

My 2 year old blue parakeet, Baby has a feather cyst on his left wing by the primary fearthers. His vet has had me put a warm compress and neosporin on it everyday for a week but that didn't help. I don't know what I should do now. It doesn't bleed or seem to hurt him. I don't want to have it removed by lancing or surgery and can't afford another vet trip. What do I do?

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Dec 06, 2010
by: Anonymous

I <3 that bird!

Aug 09, 2010
Budgie with cyst
by: The Avian Vet

Immediately stop the Neosporin. This should never be applied to a bird because it will affect your bird?s ability to say warm, and if ingested could be harmful. If you elect not to remove it, the only option would be to monitor it for any changes. If it enlarges, bleeds, ruptures, changes color, or starts causing pain or discomfort, then I would recommend that it be removed or lanced. When this is done, you will want to have cytology done to see what it is so it can be treated properly.

Dr B

Aug 07, 2010
budgie feather cyst
by: Linda

First of all, the Avian vet needs to have already aspirated/biopsied this cyst to make sure what it is. They do that by taking a bit of the material up in a syringe and looking at it under the microscope. If it is a fatty cell tumor, and is not hurting him, then Avian Vet may say to just leave it alone unless it causes bird pain or other discomfort.

First, you HAVE TO KNOW what kind of cyst it is or if it is a tumor that needs removal. You'll have to make at least one more trip to the Avian Vet so they can tell what kind of growth this is. Tumors have to be removed as they can be cancerous, and a look under the microscope will show if any cancer cells are in there. A basic blood workup is also in order here which includes CBC, Kidney, Liver, Thyroid and Parathyroid to make sure all is well there. To have just given you antibiotics without any type of testing being done is careless.Also make sure you are going to an Avian Vet because a regular dog and cat vet is not licensed or trained in the diagnosis and treatment of birds and either will do nothing or will do all the wrong things and make your bird much worse.

If the cyst turns out to be a fatty cell tumor, then there is much wrong with bird's diet. We recommend all birds be eating a high quality organic pelleted diet, and for just one bird, it is financially possible and recommended. Harrisons' is Avian Vet endorsed, and Tracie also has several other kinds of the organic pellets here. An all seed diet causes much damage to birds, and the fat cell tumors is one kind of damage, but the internal damage to organs is far more serious and life threatening.No people food of ANY kind and organic fruit and veggies in very small amounts a few times a week as they should be no more than 10-15% of overall diet. Fat is a killer of birds as is salt and sugar, so make sure bird only eats bird food and no people or junk food of any kind.

Here is a link for how to go about changing birds from seeds to pellets written by Avian Vet:

Switching Birds to Pellets article

The organic foods have to be refrigerated and a meal's worth taken out to come to room temperature before feeding. Follow instructions on bag as to how much and what can be fed along with it.

Let us know what Avian Vet has to say about the cyst/tumor when you can.


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