Macaw has a lump

by ang
(tampa, fl)

My macaw seems to have a small lump, the size of a marble or small grape on its right breast. It is under the feathers and is not affecting their growth. Her behavior has been no change in any degree. It does not hurt her when i touch it. It has hard and doesnt seem to move (although i didnt not push with "force".) It does not bother her, nor does she even notice it there.

The only changes or "situation" she has been in since I noticed it was a complete change in her diets to 90% "zuprem" brand pellet diet, instead of "seed" along with her veggies and fruits and nuts. It is a little noticable when looking at he front of her, that side seems a Little Larger.

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Sep 27, 2015
Help, in need for some information.
by: Anonymous

Hello my parent has a lump near her breastbone and her crop she is a Greenwing macaw she the lump is not anchored I felt the breastbone and I'm in the crop to see if it isSpreading it is hard but there is it seems if she is chewing on it there is a hole in this bold on my bird on the inside it seems dry and crusty almost like he could be p spreading it is hard but there is it seems if she is chewing on it there is a hole on my bird and the inside it seems dry and crusty almost like it could be Puss. There is no blood you can't see inside her body so it's not a flash wound I'm thinking it possibly be a parasite that was in there and Doug it's way out I am not sure this is why am looking for information to see what this is so far I cannot find an exotic that but I am still looking if you have any suggestions, I love my bird and I would like to get any information as soon as possible.

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Sep 27, 2015
by: Anonymous

Hi, my green wing macaw has a lump on her chest( breast bone, almost on her crop I felt around her crop and seems not to be spreding. I can saw its a tomer because it had a hole in the lump it is hard but not ancored she's not old at all she's possible 10 years old maybe younger. I really love my bird and I'd like to know what it is. But in the hole I looked and it's like you would see dry or puss maybe on the inside she is not bleeding there is no blood what so ever she is in no pain. I'm think it might be a parasite that Barried it way into her I've been looking for a exotic vet. But still can't find one, is there a way to treat? Please contact me as soon as possible. Thanks!

Feb 19, 2010
size of lump
by: Anonymous

the lump is the size of a small golf ball on his upper chest

Jan 05, 2010
Lump on macaw
by: The Vet

This lump could be one of many possibilities: fatty lump or lipoma, feather cyst, ingrown feather, or reaction to a vaccine. It could also be more serious such as a squamous cell carcinoma.

I recommend that you have it looked at by an avian veterinarian. If it is nothing, then great; but if it is more serious, then you will have intervened early and prevented it from becoming dangerous.

Dr B

Jan 04, 2010
Macaw has a lump
by: Linda

Your bird either has a cyst or a tumor on her chest and this MUST be looked into at an Avian Vet in your driving area. Please do not delay taking her in and having this looked at. If it is a tumor it will need to be removed, and if it is a cyst, it may also need to be removed. If it is an infection, your vet will prescribe some type of antibiotic once they know what kind of bacteria is causing it.

I recommend, you put your bird on a higher quality pellet. Tracie carries several kinds of organic, very high quality pellets out here, and you may wish to look at them. The Zupreem is an okay diet, but not nearly the quality you need to have you bird on. You need a pellet that has no preservatives, no dyes, just certified organic ingredients. You'll have to keep them in the refrigerator and take some out to allow to come to room temperature before feeding which takes only a few minutes. You'll be glad you changed to an organic pelleted diet as the results will show in your bird's overall health and well-being.

Let us know what vet had to say and thanks for writing,

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