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Old 12-12-2016, 07:49 PM
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Hi all,

Thought I might ask the opinion of the brains trust on my budgie, Birdie. Birdie would be about a year old now, and when we first got her she appeared physically 'normal.' In the past few months however I have noticed some changes in her appearance.

She seems to have some sort of swelling on her side, under her wing towards the back of her body. It developed very slowly and whilst there is no bleeding or visible lump per say, she just looks uneven. Her wings, which both used to sit flush and even against her body, now look uneven. One still sits flush, but the other sits out slightly and looks 'crooked', and the tip of the feathers on that wing sit much lower under her tail than the other side does.

I also notice she tends to sit on the perch with the leg on that side lifted quite often. I know this can be normal but even when she perches with two feet on her perch, the toes on that foot don't seem to grip as they used to - she looks almost flat footed on that side.

She seems quite happy in herself - there has been no change in her feeding, she sings and socialises with her cage mate Bob, and she is extremely active - climbing the bars of the cage and playing with her rope toys. As far as I know there have been no accidents. Her perches are all natural branches. The only thing I don't see her do much anymore is fly - they are both confined to a large cage as they are not tamed, but then again Bob isn't flying much either. I thought maybe that was due to the fact that they both recently moulted...

Not quite sure what's going on to be honest and getting to a vet is sadly not an option. Not because I don't want to, but because I live remotely and there just isn't one for hundreds of miles. There might not be anything I can do here but I would appreciate any comments that might allow me to understand what's going on. Thanks!

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It is impossible for members to diagnose your budgie.

I would suggest you take some pictures of the area and maybe even a video and contact on of the on-line Avian Vets for assistance.
You may be able to send the pictures/video via email and then have a conversation with the vet after doing so.

I hope you will be able to get a proper diagnosis.
Please be sure to update us after you speak to an On-Line Avian Specialist.

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Hi Blossom,

I agree with FaeryBee's advice. Unfortunately, it could be numerous things, and although we do have many budgie experts on the forums, nobody here is qualified to give you the diagnosis you need.

Speaking to an online avian specialist would be the best way to go! If you're unable to find an online veterinarian that specializes in birds, you might also consider emailing or calling a university or research institute in your region that may have some experience with avian medicine.

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