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August 5, 2021

My cockatiel has a tiny grey bump under his crest

My cockatiel is about 5 months old now, he recently got all his feathers and was handfed by us, I recently noticed that he has a tiny grey spot under his crest feathers. I did some research and found out it may be a feather cyst. Problem is we don’t have any avian vets in Cairo so we can’t treat it if it was a feather cyst, do you know what it might be or how to treat it if it were a feather cyst


Hi Moez,

We can’t guess what it might be. But if it’s a father cyst or some other growth, it will soon become painful for the bird. There is nothing you can do to treat it – a Vet needs to do this. I don’t have any suggestions other than to seek Vet care, even if it’s not in your immediate area.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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