Hey There, I need some consult here and I am aware that this is not a remedy for avoiding the vet but seeing as how I cannot get into my avian vet till next Friday which is awful to have to wait that long...
I have a 12 year old female budgie, Ricki, which I noticed she has a large, soft, fluid like mass in her abdomen below her belly. It's super squishy and it seems like she has been straining to defecate. I helped her earlier this evening by VERY CAREFULLY pushing on her abdomen to release some of the blockage which all that came out was fecal matter that looked incredibly normal, green and white as it should be, I was only able to get a little bit out but that was it. I did this extremely carefully and as I was doing this she seemed a bit relieved cuz a bit of the pressure had gone down, but as I was helping her she was trying to push on her own.
Now I believe she cannot defecate completely cuz her movement seems dry, and every time (usually twice a day) I would fill her water dish because she kept dumping her water dish. Thankfully I don't have to pay for water in my apartment. Anyway, this seems to be the only problem considering her eyes are clear, her beak and cere are completely clear, her feet are clean and healthy, her skin is pink and clean and clear, her droppings are and were otherwise normal, I have not ever seen any changes to those, her body temp is normal, she is still mobile around her cage, she still sings quietly so that hasn't changed, she is still eating and drinking water which has a drop of vitamin and mineral supplement, she has a cuttlebone in her cage that she chews on every day... so I am utterly lost on her condition. I wouldn't think she is egg bound at all considering all the symptoms I have read about being egg bound, and she has none of those symptoms other than having a hard time defecating, cuz like I said, this mass is very soft to the touch and almost liquid-like on the inside.
Is this just cuz she is getting old?? What can I do to help her until I go see my vet??? I have tried giving her certain foods to help her pass this but she won't go for it. She didn't eat before I carefully pushed on her belly to relieve the pressure and she ate quite a bit of seed after that and drank a bunch of water. I put 2 water dishes in her cage, on small and one large each one with a single drop of liquid vitamin and mineral supplement in addition to the cuttlebone and mineral block that she has. I am so beyond confused because she looks otherwise healthy except for the swelling in her abdomen..... Aaaarrrrrgh this frustrates me so much, cuz I have already lost a few pets in the last couple of months, 1 to a very critical illness that was just sudden and the other 2 due to old age, but I have been, and I hate to say this, expecting my oldest, (the 12 year old budgie I am talking about) to pass away soon but she seems to be one tough budgie. She has her weak days and she has her completely off the wall and random rambunctious days where it seems like she is excited for something so this is just baffles me. She has had this type of situation before, several times I have noticed, but was able to pass it on her own...
Is it at all possible for you to post a picture of her lumpy area for us to see? Is there any other vet or bird refuge type of place you can see earlier? There are phone consultations and even via the net hook ups as well.
You could try placing her cage in the bathroom with the hot water running or shower to make steam and humidity. I hope she comes through this and is able to continue to be happy.
I had a somewhat similar situation several months ago. I took my bird to the vet because she looked bloated in the abdominal area.They extracted 6 cc's of fluid from her belly area, thankfully the fluid did not return after that but she does have some ongoing hormonal issues. I hope you are able to get your bird to the vet soon. Have you called your vet to ask their advice until you are able to get there?