I've had my 2 birds for about a month now and from the beginning I thought I could see a 'mark' above JoJo's right eye. It has never bothered him/her and until now I haven't really been able to get close enough to get a proper look (or more to the point, he/she doesn't sit still for long enough). Today I was able to get a proper look while JoJo was eating and there's definitely something there. It's not just a bit of food or something that's got stuck. As I said, it's not bothering JoJo and it's not red or inflamed. It looks dry and crusty. I'll attach the photos I was able to get and if someone can maybe shed some light on what this could be, I'd really appreciate it. (If you're able to stretch the photos, you can see the growth better).
I tried to zoom in as much as possible but it is difficult to see clearly.
If there were any redness, swelling, discharge or excessive tearing, or if she was blinking excessively, squinting or partially closing the eye, or rubbing that side of her face then I would recommend you see a vet. But seeing as it’s just a tiny benign looking bump, that doesn’t appear to be bothering her at all, I personally would just keep an eye () on it, to note if it changes or increases in size. It could be a tiny feather cyst- which could possibly increase in size and become a problem.
I feel it’s most likely nothing to worry about at present and similar to us perhaps having skin tags, innocent moles or warts.
Have you had JoJo in to see the Avian Vet for a well-birdie check-up yet?
If not, it is definitely something you want to consider doing and you can have the vet check out the bump at that time.
Having your budgie examined by an Avian Vet allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet in case your bird needs care for an injury or illness in the future. Additionally, it is always helpful for the vet to have a baseline for your bird to refer to should it need future treatment.
Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment.
This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.
Thank you both for the replies. I have a very reputable avian vet who is only about 25 minutes from me, and my 'normal' vet has a 24/7 emergency service and some of the vets who work there have done some extra work and training with birds (of course, I'd see the avian vet over my regular vet but it's great to know I have somewhere to go in an after hours emergency). I haven't had a well bird check up because the breeder told me it wasn't needed. I then worried that if I took them to the vet, it'd be a very traumatic experience for them and make them even more wary of me, and hands in general.
One of my birds had a similar thing on his lower eyelid and it had a bit of an orange tinge to the color. It did not seem to bother him but I was concerned it would get larger and cause a problem. I took him to the vet and he just snipped it off and gave me some drops to put in the eye for a week, it has not grown back so all is well.
Thank you all for the replies. I'm definitely keeping a close eye on the growth and watching for any changes, or any sign that it is bothering JoJo. I feel a lot better after reading that others feel it's probably nothing to worry about and I will definitely follow FaeryBees advice and head off to the vet in a few weeks when both birds have had a bit longer to settle in. Hopefully by then they will at least step up onto my hand or arm, even if it's only every once in awhile. Of course, I'll head to the vet immediately if I see any changes. I just worry terribly that going to the vet will traumatise the birds and I won't be able to reverse it (I know it's silly. I'm just a big sook!).
Good luck with Jojo . Good to know you have an avian vet just in case. Don’t worry about any traumatization from a vet visit. Birds are very resilient creatures. I’ve taken many birds to the vet over the years, and they were no worse for wear after. If they were, they were only skittish for about a day. It’s so much better than letting a potentially serious health issue go untreated.
Good luck with Jojo . Good to know you have an avian vet just in case. Donít worry about any traumatization from a vet visit. Birds are very resilient creatures. Iíve taken many birds to the vet over the years, and they were no worse for wear after. If they were, they were only skittish for about a day. Itís so much better than letting a potentially serious health issue go untreated.
Thank you RavensGryf, your comment has really eased my worry about potentially traumatising my birds by taking them to the vet. I'd never forgive myself if JoJo's growth turned out to be something to worry about and I'd held off treatment. I'm pleased to report that it looks like the growth is smaller than it was, but I'll still make an appointment and get it checked out. I think JoJo might be a little tubby so it'll be good to get a professional opinion on that, as well as an overall report on both birds' health.
I’m happy to hear that the bump on Jojo’s eye is shrinking. Hopefully it’s “nothing”. It’s always good to take any pet to the vet after getting them, even if just to get a clean bill of health and establish a baseline with your bird’s records.
Please give an update after he goes to the vet . A towel or cover over the carrier is good for a sense of security too. Open enough on part of it he can peek out and see if he wants.