Peach-Face Parrot - small white growth on edge of beak

We have a peach-face parrot. He has been very healthy to date and is around 5-6 years old.

Just this week a small white growth appeared - this is located in the feathers on the top right side of his beak. It is very small - only about 1mm in length and abour 0.1mm width.

We thought this was a bird-seed case or a bit of a bird dropping adhereing to the feathers, but cannot be dislodged when lightly brushing it.

Can you give us advice as to treatment or whether we need to consult a vet.

Thanks

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May 14, 2010
Growth near beak
by: The Avian Vet

You need to have him looked at by an avian veterinarian. This should be removed and looked at microscopically to determine if it is a tumor or something else. You should take you bird in to the vet at least annual or well bird check ups and vaccines especially if she seems healthy.

Dr B

May 11, 2010
Peach-Face Parrot - small white growth on edge of beak
by: Linda

Yes, your bird needs to be seen by an Avian Vet to have this looked at and be generally checked out for infections, parasites or other physical problems. We recommend a yearly trip to Avian Vet for a checkup as this catches a lot of problems before they get too bad for bird.

This could be a fatty tissue growth or it could be a tumor and only the Avian vet will be able to tell which.

Also, your bird needs to be eating 80-85% high quality organic pellets instead of all seeds as an all seed diet leads to lots of fatty tumors and also fatty liver disease for which there is NO cure.

Tracie carries several kinds of the organic pellets here, and here is article about changing birds from seeds to pellets:

Switching Birds to Pellets article

Article is written by an Avian vet, and you need organic pellets, and they are stored in refrigerator and warmed to room temp before feeding. The organics are free of preservatives, pesticide and fertilizer residue and are a completely wonderful diet for parrots. We use Harrison's which is also Avian vet endorsed.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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