We think she has some English budgie blood as she is a lot fluffyier than our other budgie who is very svelte. She isn't 100% English budgie though- she is quite small but has some rather long feathers. She is cute and round whatever she is
The lump doesn't affect her neck at all, she still preens as normal and sleeps with her head on her back. Looking at her when she is dry, all you really notice is the funny angle of her one wing. But it is definitely a hunchback sort of affliction rather than angle wing.
She is definitely less mobile than our other bird. He seems to be made of rubber and we nicknamed him Tiger because he is so springy and bounces all over the place. She, on the otherhand, is rather clumsy and prefers to climb everywhere rather than jump. I have never ever seen her jump perches, she always just clambers about. She has a slightly odd run too. Again, it is a bit clumsy and ungainly. She just ran across the carpet now and it almost looks as if one leg is longer than the other which gives her a funny run. We always put this down to one of her toes which is also a bit misshapen (very special budgie!). But I guess it could relate to her shoulder issue too.
Sadly she can't fly at all. She can't get any upward trajectory at all. It is sad because she still tries at least ten times per day but always ends up on the carpet (their cage is always on the floor to stop her hurting herself.
Sadly, the vet at the time didnt think it necessary to do further checks. He put it down to a birth defect, said it couldnt be fixed and she would have to live with it. I took her to another vet who said the same thing so I left it.
I think I will try another vet as I have moved. It would be great if I could fix it but a long shot I am sure. I just hope it doesn't cause her pain...it doesn't seem to.