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Hi everyone,

I quite possibly have one of the oldest cockatiels on the forum... Jack or 'Mr Jacko' as I like to call him is a mighty 23 years old. I've had him since he was a few months old and he has been a great companion.

Over the years he hasn't had any notable health concerns, however in the last month I have noticed a small and unusual skin growth on the left side of his body. It extends about 1cm up his left side and is separate from his wing. He doesn't seem to be in any discomfort and still acts like the normal Jack I have come to know. No problems with eating or drinking water. While he has no issues flying around, in his older years he does prefer to climb more than fly.

I think age might be catching up with him and rather than put him through the stress of going to the vet I wanted to ask the question on a dedicated cockatiel forum before jumping to any conclusions.

Pictures below to assist in the diagnosis:

Bird Cage Beak Yellow Wood
Bird Vertebrate Cage Parrot Beak
Bird Wood Beak Perching bird
Bird Birdhouse Wood Beak Floor


The first 3 photos were taken 20/09 as a reference while the last one was taken today (29/09). I haven't noticed any change in the appearance or size of the growth. I also haven't seen any decline in his general health.

Any comments and/or suggestions are welcome.

Thanks in advance.

Bird Cage Beak Yellow Wood


Bird Vertebrate Cage Parrot Beak


Bird Wood Beak Perching bird


Bird Birdhouse Wood Beak Floor


Full size images for reference.
 

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Such a dedicated forum, that no one has responded in 2 days :(
I'm not medically trained & I've never seen anything like this on a bird either, but how long has this been 'growing' ? Have you been able to examine it closely enough, to see it if it is hard/soft ? As you probably know, birds have a knack of disguising illness & making everything look fine, when it isn't. At 23 years of age, he should be happy going to the vet, unless he's had issues in the past, but to be honest with you, he doesn't look like he's 23 & it comes down to whether or not, you can afford a vet bill, if it was something that needed treatment for. If it was me, I'd consult with an avian specialist right away & see what they suggest, as it could be a lot worse on the inside, than what you can see on the outside. I hope it's nothing bad though, but it's probably best to make sure :)
 

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I think it's worth a vet visit. Sometimes these things can be removed. My vet said that growths on older birds can be pretty common. In my case, my 17 year old bird had a growth that was actually an internal cancerous tumor coming to the surface. He picked at it constantly and it really bothered him. If your bird doesn't seem bothered by it, then that is probably good... but a vet visit would probably be a good idea.
 

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Hi all,

Just wanted to provide an update on Jack.

After discussion with my local Bird Barn I was provided details to a veterinarian who is an avian specialist. Jack needed surgery to have the growth removed, which went well. Despite his age, Jack managed to pull through!

5 or so days were required to look after him in his carry cage. Jack needed two doses of pain and anti-inflammatory droplets given twice daily. Lucky for Jack we kept the carry cage in the aviary so he could have some sense of normality while he recovered. His mate was always keeping a close eye on him and she even sat beside his cage, which was nice to see.

Following this Jack was good to go in the aviary and he has been recovering well since. Two weeks later and a couple of visits to the vet he had the plastic neck restraint removed. The reason for this being on was because the wound had stitches.

Now we are at 3 weeks and Jack is basically back to his normal self, making a racket and looking much happier. We were told by the vet the growth was likely cancerous and to keep a look out for any potential growths in the future. One very lucky bird at 23 years old and still going strong!

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Picture above was taken on Friday just gone.

Thanks again for your comments @Giz & Godz and @justmeJulie.
 
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