Inflamed ovary(?) in a peach-faced lovebird

by Denise

My 4-year-old female peach-faced lovebird used to lay a clutch of 4 eggs every month or so, but they were always infertile (she lives happily with her partner).

About a year ago she stopped laying for several months, then produced one strange misshapen egg with a thick, uneven shell. Instead of being in the nesting box, it was discarded on the cage floor. Since then she has laid no eggs, and her abdomen is permanently swollen, as if she is about to lay any minute.

My vet examined her, diagnosed 'inflamed ovaries' and gave me some medicine to bring down the inflammation. Since then we have tried increasing the medication, reducing the medication, stopping the doesn't seem to make any difference. The swelling sometimes recedes, sometimes gets worse, but never goes away.

The vet says if she were a dog he would spay her, but he doesn't have the skills or the equipment to operate on a tiny little bird. (We live in the countryside, and I haven't been able to locate a vet who specialises in small birds)

Apart from the bump under her bottom that hinders her flying, she seems perfectly healthy; she eats well, likes to play, tears up paper for nesting, and invites her partner to mate.

Should I be worried about this lump? How can I get rid of it?

Comments for Inflamed ovary(?) in a peach-faced lovebird

Click here to add your own comments

Feb 15, 2010
Ovarian cyst pain
by: Alena

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Sep 10, 2009
Lovebird inflamed ovary
by: The Vet

Yes, this lump is a concern. It needs to be diagnosed and treated properly. My suspicions are that it is reproductively related, e.g. Ovarian cyst or tumor. However, there are other issues that can cause this presentation.

I would recommend that you locate a board certified avian veterinarian, even if you have to drive a little. You need to have x-rays, an abdomenocentesis (take some of the fluid from the abdomen and look at it to see where it came from. Ultimately you will likely need surgery. However, if you can determine the cause and it is reproductive, some of these can be treated with hormone injections.

Dr B

Sep 08, 2009
Sick Bird
by: Linda

Thanks for writing, and you MUST find an Avian vet and get her in to see them as soon as you can. Even if you have to drive a ways, please do this for her. A regular vet for dogs and cats is not even licensed to diagnosis or prescribe for a bird, and the medicines she has been given are not working because he does not know what or how much of it to give her. She could have more wrong with her than you think, and the longer you wait, the more you ensure she will die. An Avian vet can perform testing to see exactly what is wrong with your bird and prescribe either surgery or medicine that will help her.

Get a phone book or go online and find an Avian Vet who can treat your bird. We also live in the country and have to drive a ways to get to any vets, especially our bird's vets. We only have one in the entire area I trust with our birds for more than toenail and beak clipping.

Tracie will read this before it is posted, and she has some information about vets across the country. She will provide you a link that will help you find a trained Avian vet that can help your little bird. Please do what you can to help her as even though the vet you are seeing may be wonderful person and great with your dogs, cats, horses and such, HE IS NOT TRAINED TO TAKE CARE OF BIRDS, SNAKES OR OTHER EXOTICS AS THEIR DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT PROTOCOLS ARE MUCH, MUCH DIFFERENT FROM MAMMALS. They are so different that medicine safe for dogs and cats can make a bird's condition worse or kill it outright. A diagnosis is required here before meds can be prescribed, and maybe it is what vet thinks and maybe it is part of an egg that has been retained and is causing a life threatening situation for your bird.

Let us know what happens and if you are successful in finding an Avian vet for your birds.


Click here to add your own comments