Inflamed ovary(?) in a peach-faced lovebird
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 medication.....it 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?