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Old 10-19-2015, 08:47 AM
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Is Jenni OK? I noticed yesterday that she'd a bit of blood / a cut? above her cere. I also saw a wee bit blood at the top of the cuttlefish bone. I've checked for any apparent sharp bits / dangers in the cage and have smoothed the top of the cuttlefish bone. She seems absolutely fine in herself, but as I worry, I just wanted to check. Thanks.


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Susan,

It does appear that Jenni may have a tiny cut above her cere. If it appears to bother her, you can gently dab it with a bit of sterile saline solution. Othewise, it should heal up just fine on its own.

Am I correct - does it appear Jenni may be starting to grow some new feathers?

Jenni's such a darling little girl and I'm so glad she has you to love and care for her.
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Hi Susan, while I'm able to see the blood stain on your Jenni's feathers the cut itself is not visible to me, it's probably a very small injury and it should heal well on its own.
I do however notice that your girl has a ball shaped lump on the right side of her crop area and that is not normal. The crop should have an even size.
Did you have your Jenni checked out by the vet on that?
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Thank you for your kind reply.
It doesn't appear to be bothering her, and hopefully it will heal soon on its own. Hopefully too, it wasn't caused by her and S having a 'spat' as they were a bit narky with each other yesterday, but then were all loving again later on!
I'm not sure about her feathers. Sometimes I think there is the odd little one growing in but a friend who saw J and S, then didn't for a while, then saw them again, said she couldn't see any re-growth. It's hard to say...and the vet I originally took her to (Jenni, not my friend!) hadn't been convinced she would get new feathers - his answer had been quite non-committal about it going one way or the other. Fingers crossed she might though...or should I say, feathers crossed....:-)

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Hi Susan, while I'm able to see the blood stain on your Jenni's feathers the cut itself is not visible to me, it's probably a very small injury and it should heal well on its own.
I do however notice that your girl has a ball shaped lump on the right side of her crop area and that is not normal. The crop should have an even size.
Did you have your Jenni checked out by the vet on that?
Thanks for your reply. When I first got /adopted J and S, that very first day, I took them both to the vet's. He particularly examined Jenni, and commented on a lump, but I think he was talking about the one bottom right. He thought she had / has had ovarian problems. He didn't comment on the other lump which she has has had since 'I've known her'.. She does seem fine in her herself, as far as it's possible to tell. She moves about, has just been in and out, and on top of (!)the bath, flaps her wings, and has an appetite. Hopefully she's OK....but if I not I will take her to the vet's. I hope I don't have to though, as I know it'd be stressful for her (and S) especially as it would mean I'd have to 'get hold of her' which I never do with either, for fear of frightening them.
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From that photo I'm only able to see the one lump on the exposed featherless part of your Jenni's crop area (upper chest area). The root of her self-plucking problem may have been caused by the initial discomfort made by the lump.

The oldest budgie I had that got to live till he was 14 years old, had a mild case of baldness directly linked to his old age. The feathers on his legs no longer grew and they were bald and he had a thin layer of feathers on his tummy and chest area. When he preened I was able to better see the exposed skin on the upper chest area as well and everything was perfectly smooth and evenly shaped.
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I'm pretty sure she had that, and any other lumps, when I took her to the vets that time. I will look at initial photos I have to see...But you seem to think this enough of a cause for concern that I should take her back again?... Oh dear....

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Aluz is always spot on - your budgie needs to be checked, because that lump is not normal, unfortunately.

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This is an earlier photo from around the time I first got them. The lump appears to be there then too.
I will take them to the vet's but it probably won't be possible before Thursday... Hope it's OK... I wish I could just take them in their cage but its too big and heavy for transportation. So it means using the old small rubbish one they came in...and it means taking holding of them to put them in it. I hate stressing them like that....and myself too! But I suppose if needs must...gulp.
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I will take them to the vet's but it probably won't be possible before Thursday... Hope it's OK... I wish I could just take them in their cage but its too big and heavy for transportation.
Susan,

Since the lump was there when you took Jenni in to see the vet the first time, why don't you call the vet and talk to him about it?

Ask if you can forward an updated picture to him and then find out whether or not he believes she needs to come back in for another check-up.

It's very possible he noticed the lump the first time he saw her but did not mention it specifically to you (for whatever reason).

It would be a shame to go back only to discover he is already well aware of the lump and to have put yourself and the budgies through the stress if it is not necessary.
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