found lump on my cockateil
I recently adopted 2 cockatiels (one 3 year old male, one 8 month old female). They were in separate cages, after consulting with an avian breeder/vet, she told me to keep the cages close together so they get familiar with each other. they will show interest in each other in time, she said. after about a week I noticed they showed great interest in each other so I tried them together and they went great ! Both were healthy and no signs of illness were shown by either of them.
I got them a nesting box which I introduced to their cage. I started them out with a few hours every once and a while together then a day here and there just to be sure they would get along. in a week they were unseparable. I’ve had them about 2 weeks at this point.
a few days after I started noticing that the male was glued to the bottom of the cage. he wouldn’t be on his stand closer to the top of the cage like he usually was doing.. and he would put himself in the nesting box and would stay long periods of time. the very next morning I found him stiff in the bottom of the cage. I quickly disinfected the cage and put the female in another one. she was fine so I thought maybe she was becoming territorial and was about to lay eggs and killed him.
within days she started nawing at herself. she would chew her feathers, rip some out. and she would always rub her head sideways.. it’s been about 3 weeks since I had them. today when I woke up, I noticed she too was attracked to the bottom of the cage and the nesting box. but she still loved attention and would churp away and talk up a storm to us. tonight she seemed less lively.
I cleaned her cage and had her socializing but she wasn’t as interested , it was like she was distracted and started pecking herself and rubbing her head sideways like she was before. it’s been an hour and she’s becoming less social by the minute it seems. she’s cuddled to me and opens her eyes to peek at me then closes them. I slightly wrapped her with a hand towel to help keep her warm (she seems cold which isn’t like her). I looked her over and I found a lump on her chest. it’s featherless. she never had that before… anyone have an idea as to what could be wrong ?