Eclectus parrot chest lump

by Christian

I noticed today that my parrot who is a female around 2-3 eclectis has a lump on her chest. She currently is looking after two eggs and leaves the cage often to eat ( she likes to eat from my hand ). The lump is not very big and not noticeable under her feathers. Should I be worried? If so what could it be?

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Feb 06, 2013
Eclectus parrot chest lump
by: Linda

Yes, you should be worried. Anytime you see something on your bird that is not supposed to be there, it is time for visit to Avian Vet ONLY to see what the something is.

Lumps can be either infections, tumors of various kinds of problems including cancer or just fatty tumors from eating foods with too much fat. You won't know what it is or how to treat it until an avian vet has taken a draw from it to see what it may be. Since the bird is sitting on eggs at this time, you may need to wait until they hatch. If you have an incubator, eggs could be moved into it until bird has been examined and treated by an avian vet. Birds requiring any kind of meds should not be forced to take care of a clutch of eggs and later babies, so you may wish to abandon this nest if your bird turns out to be sick with something.Your other option is to hatch them from incubator and handfeed around the clock which is a great commitment of time and energy. Possibly this is only a fatty tumor requiring no particular treatment at this time, but you won't know until you take bird in for an exam.

We highly recommend all parent birds be throughtly examined by an avian vet prior to breeding. Any infections or other physical issues are transmitted directly to babies via the eggs. When I say examined, I mean also have some basic bloodwork done to see how organs are functioning and if any viral infections or other problems are found. This visit to an avian vet can and does save many baby bird's lives.

Thanks for writing,
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