Inflamed area near anus; female cockatiel

by Antony
(Kansas)

Bump on cockatiel vent

Bump on cockatiel vent

Lately I have grown concerned about an inflamed spot on my 10-year-old female cockatiel. This inflammation is directly to the left of her anus and appears to be slightly smaller than the size of a small marble. I have noticed no adverse health effects from this--she eats normally, is as active as usual and her droppings are consistent and not abnormal. The inflammation itself is not a bump; it feels soft and does not seem to have any defined shape--it just looks and feels inflated.

I have noticed her getting slightly inflamed in the past, when she would lay a clutch of infertile eggs, which is why I didn't worry much. But this inflammation has persisted past her egg-laying phase, and I am beginning to wonder whether it could possibly be anything else. Does anything come to mind? I have decided to be better safe than sorry and am taking her to the vet in the next week, but I would like to know if you have any suggestions as to what may be happening.

Thanks in advance for any help!

- A.W.

(I've included a picture of the affected area for your convenience. Sorry about the water; she had a little bit of poo there and I washed it off.)

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Nov 23, 2011
My female cockatiel also has this!?
by: Leigh.

My female cockatiel also has this, she is only 3 months old. I have only had her 5 days, I brought her and her brother (both hand-reared) for quite allot if money and I'm getting quite worried about her. Do you have a diagnosis for this problem yet? I'd find it really helpful and reassuring if I knew what the problem may be.

She has not started laying eggs yet and I am new to owning a female cockatiels so I'm not sure if its due to her being ready to lay eggs...

I need help! :(

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Apr 21, 2011
Bird with possible hernia
by: The Avian Vet

I am concerned that this may be a hernia. It could also be a tumor of some kind. It could be related to peritonitis. There are several differentials and I feel that going to the avian veterinarian is your best decision. If you get it diagnosed, please let me know what it is by coming back to this post. If your bird does not eat pellets, like Harrison's, then you need to switch her as soon as possible to prevent nutritional deficiencies, and prevent things like egg binding, and fatty tumors. It can also help her heal faster from surgery in the event that this is a hernia and needs repair.

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