Stomach bulge

by Angella
(Sydney Australia)

I just bought a 9 week old green cheek conure. I am handfeeding him formula. When his tummy fills up it is on his right side only, the size of a small marble. The salesman didn't tell me this at the time of purchase but when I went back to him he said he had noticed it but didn't think it would make a difference.
The bird seems very happy and healthy and eats well. Could you tell me if this is something that will affect the lifespan of the bird?

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Jan 23, 2010
Handfeeding question
by: The Avian Vet

First, at 9 weeks of age, this species should be completely weaned and not being fed hand feeding formula. Second, this salesman was wrong for selling you an unweaned bird. Owners should not hand feed their own bird because it does not cause the bird to bond with the hand feeder. In fact, the exact opposite will happen, and the bird will seek out a different family member for its ?mate? and the hand feeder becomes the outcast parent in the relationship. Please read the article on handfeeding birds for a more detailed explanation.

If by his ?tummy? you mean his crop is filling up only on the right, then this is normal. However, I recommend that you find an avian veterinarian to have your new bird examined to be sure he is healthy. He needs to be tested for bacteria and yeast and he needs to be vaccinated. At this time you can have the Dr. look at the crop to see if it is normal. Do not hand feed him before you take him to see the veterinarian. His crop needs to be empty to prevent the chance of aspiration.

Dr B

Jan 22, 2010
Stomach bulge
by: Linda

Your baby bird needs the immediate attention of an Avian Vet in your driving area. Please call and make an appointment immediately as your bird can very well die from this condition.

When you say "tummy" are you watching while it trickles into his stomach from the crop or are you talking about his crop? If the bulge is in his crop area, it could be a gas bubble or the food is not warm enough and this is food rotting in there. Either way, a new bird, especially a new baby bird, should have already been checked out by an Avian Vet because these birds bought in pet stores are usually suffering from one or more bacterial/viral infections. Most of them are produced by Bird Mill breeders who cannot make any money if they take their birds to a vet when they need it. The person in the store should have told you this, and they are all about making money too and not caring about the animals they sell. Makes me furious that they are still allowed to sell anything more than fish. Sales person may not know where the birds come from, and it is his/her job to find out and suggest an Avian Vet check all birds they sell for infections the first day or week they are in new home. This message is not just for you, it is for EVERYONE OUT HERE READING THIS. When you bring a bird into your home, chances are, it is suffering from an infection/parasite of some kind. PLEASE TAKE THEM TO AN AVIAN VET FOR A CHECKUP AS SOON AS YOU CAN AFTER BRINGING THEM HOME.

Anyway, this is a potentially dangerous situation for YOUR bird, so please do not delay taking him into the Avian Vet in your area. Tracie has a link on site with information about finding an Avian vet if you cannot find one in the yellow pages of your phone book.

As for taking some years off his life, he may die shortly if left untreated for much longer.


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