Lately Lemon has been displaying her usual eggin' behaviour. I knew it would come back sooner or later; if any of you recall, she ripped out her implant in February after having it in for a month and we decided to just leave her and see if enough hormone had taken hold to stop her desire for eggs, combined with the usual environmental controls (early covering, etc). Her butt area is quite large and looks like an egg could be in there.
Side note: another thing that's been going on is I've been in a language immersion school and my husband has been doing the afternoon feedings so I wasn't sure if she was also just fatter due to mismeasuring or whatnot - she's currently at 48 grams (last vet visit she was at 42 grams).
We went to the vet and she said she had her usual amount of fat but under the fat, there was definitely something. She couldn't feel a hard eggshell so we got some x-rays done. The x-rays showed her uterus was massive. The vet said it could be one of three things:
1. An egg without a shell
2. A tumour
3. An infection of some kind.
For her treatment plan, today we gave her a lupron injection to try and reduce the hormonal behaviour in case she's just making an egg. She's to get another in two weeks, and another two weeks after that.
She got an antibiotic shot, to be followed up with four more once a week.
She got a vitamin K shot today to help build up her blood so that on Monday we can draw some blood and get a better idea of wtf is happening.
I'm to give her a calcium supplement by mouth for 10 days (to help build an eggshell if that's the problem) and a painkiller by mouth for 5 days. Her aggressive behaviour is probably partly due to pain because there's no way she's not painful right now.
I'm to continue with her usual pellet and veg diet with the liver supplement sprinkled on top.
I asked the vet what she thought it probably was in her professional experience and said I know she can't guarantee anything at this point. She said she thinks it's probably a tumour. She also said Lemon is a very unusual little budgie and has good hope for her outcome.
Lemon will be five next month. I know that's not young for a budgie but it's not old either. I just love her so much. My poor baby