lump on wing

by Claire
(MN)

Hi, my cockatiel has a small (less than pea-size) hard lump on the middle of his wing. Usually it is covered up with feathers, but it is actually bald there. I've had him for over 5 years, and that lump has been there at least a year or two. I don't really remember it not being there. He doesn't seem bothered by it at all, but it seems abnormal to me so I thought I'd check up on it.

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Apr 13, 2015
Same
by: Anonymous

My bird same the same thing we are going to the vet for it.

Apr 06, 2011
bone spur
by: Claire

So, what is a bone spur and how would it affect my bird? As I said, he doesn't seem at all affected these five years...Also, it is in the middle of the wing faceing out. Could it be a dislocation of a bone?

Editor's note: A bone spur is basically abnormal bone growth, and yes your bird could have a broken bone. Only a vet visit is going to answer your question, sorry.

Apr 05, 2011
lump on wing
by: Linda

Claire, as Dr. B suggested, it would be good to have him checked out by an Avian Vet to make sure the lump is not a bone spur or something like that. We suggest once a year checkups for parrots to make sure all is well with organs and to make sure they are not hiding any infections. In this case, I'd want to know what the lump is since whatever it is may have hindered his flying ability. We also suggest that wings are clipped too for bird's safety as flying all around the house is not safe for them.

Thanks for writing and keep us posted on what is on his wing.

Linda

Apr 04, 2011
dislocated?
by: Claire

Could it be a dislocated bone of some kind???

Apr 04, 2011
comment
by: Claire

No, this bump is not on the other wing. Also, like I said, it has been there for at least 1-2 years. He has never seemed to notice its existence, so I assume there is no pain or discomfort. But, I thought it may be why he hasn't been able to fly well. what could it be?

Apr 04, 2011
Lump on cockatiel wing
by: The Avian Vet

First, look to see if he has this bump on the other wing. If so, you may be feeling a bone in his elbow. If it is not on the other wing, then take him in to be seen by an avian veterinarian to see if this is something serious.

Dr B

Apr 04, 2011
also...
by: Claire

I'd like to add something to my post that may be of help. Ever since I've had him, he has not been able to fly well. Even in open spaces he does not seem to know where he is going. As a result we clip his wings for his safety. Also, he often holds one wing lower than the other. I found that odd. He's done that for at least a year.

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