Society Finch has red bump by nostril.

by Tiffany
(Austin, Tx, USA)

My family has recently had the pleasure of adopting 3 society finches- 2 females and a male (their sexes were quite obvious after about a week- the mail puffs, bounces and sings all day).

The problem is with one of my females. About a week ago I notice a small red bump above her left nostril, where her feathers meet her beak. It seems to have gotten slightly bigger (not doubled, but larger) since then and is more pink now then red. She seems to be eating, flying, drinking and playing normally- and nesting the 4-5 eggs either she or her sister laid (about 1.5 weeks ago). Is it possible its an infection or tumor? After reading many of these posts it sounds like I should take her to an avian vet and possibly change her diet... Thanks so much for your help!

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Dec 06, 2010
Finch with bump
by: The Avian Vet

It could be infection or a tumor. You should have it looked a by an avian veterinarian.

Dr B

Dec 04, 2010
Going thru something similar
by: Jackie

I have a sun conure and she has a white bump above her eye that I have been asking if anybody knows what it is as well and she is doing fine but am still worried. I just lost my job and can't afford to take her in to the vets so please let me know if you find anything out as I have tried to research it on line and have come up blank.

Dec 04, 2010
Society Finch has red bump by nostril.
by: Linda

Society finches are sweet, precious birds, and you are fortunate to have them. There are a few things you need to do once this batch of babies is weaned. One is to take out the nest so the females won't lay anymore eggs for a while. If they do lay eggs, throw them away. Make sure you also move the babies into separate cages from the parents and from each other as you do not want any inbreeding going on and these little birds come into sexual maturity early. If you already have homes for the babies, once they are completely weaned, get them on their way.

Yes, a trip to the Avian Vet is going to be necessary as soon as the babies are weaned and eating on their own and out of parents' cage. The sore on your bird's nostril area could be many thngs, and all your birds may have bacterial infections so all of them need to be seen by Avian Vet at the same time. Babies contract infections from parents as bacterial/viral infections are highly contageous. Your birds also need to be eating a quality diet, organic if possible, and there are a variety of foods out here for you to look at.

It is best if you only allow your birds to nest no more than twice a year. Forming and laying the eggs takes a lot out of the hens plus all the work of feeding babies. Too many nests a year depletes the hens of vital nutrients especially calcium and proteins which is why all of them need to be eating the best food you can find. Once the hen's body is getting very low on nutrients, the body starts taking these from muscle tissue and bone mass. So don't overbreed the birds. It's also hard to find homes for all the babies, and each baby needs its own cage until a new home has been found, so it will get to be very expensive in the long run.

Thanks for writing, and keep us posted on how your birds are doing.


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