theres a lump on my citron crested cockatoos chest

by katherin
(lodi , nj)

hi , i've found a lump on my birds chest & it has no fur on it. its the only spot where it has no fur. im worried.

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Nov 07, 2010
theres a lump on my citron crested cockatoos chest
by: Linda

This is something that needs an Avian(bird) Vet's examination so they can take a draw or skin cell sample to see whether it is a tumor or an abcess. Since the feathers are missing in the spot, this is cause for concern because bird could have poked something sharp in his chest and caused an abcess which is infected.

Please take your bird to your nearest Avian Vet and have them take a look at this to see what it is and what can be done about it. Sometimes birds get benign fatty tumors from eating the wrong kind of diet. Make sure your bird is eating a high quality organic pelleted diet because an all seed diet leads to much worse than fatty tumors. All seed diets are lacking in the basic proteins, vitamins and minerals and supply more fat than anything else along with carbs. Here is link to an article written by an Avian Vet about how to go about changing birds from seeds to pellets. Before changing diet make sure he has been given a clean bill of health by an Avian Vet as dietary changes are stressful and already sick birds will not do well with changes of any kind. The benign fatty tumors usually do not require surgery and will also usually not go away. A healthy diet will keep anymore from forming and rid bird of internal fat pockets that lead to kidney and liver failure as well as heart attacks and many other diseases caused from incorrect diet.

Switching Birds to Pellets article

Tracie carries several kinds of organic pellets here, and we use the Harrison's for our Amazons, and they are in good health with great skin and feather condition. The object of feeding birds correctly is to boost their immune systems where they resist infections and other physical problems. They also look better, feel better and will be far less likely to develop the fatty tumors. Birds are not supposed to have any fat on their bodies, so these fatty tumors are a warning sign that bird is not eating proper diet. Feed NO people food and only feed organic fruit and veggies a few times a week in small amounts.

Thanks for writing,

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