lovebird lump at top of tail feathers

by cl

hi my lovebird is two years old and he has a lump of some kind at the top of his tail feathers - kind of where a tail bone would be maybe? he always picks at it when he's grooming - is this just the nub of his tailbone or is this something that I should bring him to the vet for? He is my first bird so I'm pretty worried about it. Any advice would be appreciated thanks.

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Jul 04, 2009
Lumb at base of bird's tail
by: The Vet

It is likely that you are seeing the preen gland; this a normal structure that produces oils the bird uses to bath and protect his feathers. However, these glands can become inflamed and have other problems, including being blocked. I recommend that you have your bird examined by an avian veterinarian to be sure the gland is normal and to be sure your bird does not have some other skin problem. You should have him examined annually, too, for well bird checks and vaccines.

Dr B

Jul 02, 2009
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by: Linda

It is hard for me to picture exactly what this lump may look like. My suggestion is it would be a good idea to take him to an Avian vet in your area for a good overall checkup to see if he has any infections, parasites or other problems. Birds need to go to the vet at least once a year for a "well-bird" checkup. Sometimes infections are found, and can be treated early and gotten over with. Birds hide their illnesses because in the wild a sick bird is a dead bird one way or the other. They won't let you see how bad they feel until they are almost at death's door.

If you are new to birds, please spend a lot of time reading and studying about basic parrot care, housing and feeding and training. There are some good books here, and the internet has a wealth of information to be had, downloaded and printed. The study of birds is a lifelong one, as I can testify to. I still learn something new every day and have been working with them for over half my life. So read, learn and ask your vet any questions you feel the need to ask. The only stupid question is the one NOT asked.

Let us know what the vet says about this lump as your experience can help someone else. Also welcome to Tracie's site, and we are here to support you in any way we can as you learn about the joys and tears involved in loving parrots. Until later,

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