This four year old Stafford mosaic was a real beauty in her day.
How shocked I was to find this feather lump on her lower abdomen. Normally, if a bird has a feather lump, I notice it right away when it is small and easy to remove because the feathers don't lay flat as they should. Anytime you remove something this large, you have a high risk of the bird bleeding to death. If you have this problem, you would be wise to take the bird to an avian vet and let them try even though it is totally risky and even they may not be able to save the bird.
With no avian vet within 200 miles, in spite of the risk of killing the bird, I decided her only chance for a normal life was for me to bite the bullet and remove it.
Note in the hole it is obvious that I have not got it all yet. And unless I do it will just come right back.
This huge piece came out fairly easy.
But I was suspicious that there was more in there.
After manipulating it a bit, I saw the rest.
And here it is, the last bit! Without getting that last bit and the lump would just continue to grow. I immediately put the bird on Biodecken molt product which is high in
methionine. It is given in the water and was the only source of liquid
in the birds diet.
A few days later, it was healing nicely.
Now just a few weeks later, I was thrilled to see normal feathers growing in and no sign of a lump!
In the future I am going to use the Biodecken Molt product on all mosaic as soon as they are weaned as I am pretty sure it will prevent at least some if not all feather lumps.