Wart or Growth On Beak

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Rainie, Sep 20, 2009.

  1. Rainie

    Rainie Out Of The Brooder

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    My light brahma has had a wart or growth on his (her [​IMG]) beak for as long as I can remember. There are no other symptoms or obvious signs of sickness. Is this just something fairly harmless that I don't need to worry about? Or is there something specific that I need to be checking for?

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  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I googled beak wart and found this. Hope it is of some help.

    Imp


    Budgie Has Lump On Her Beak
    by James Glover
    View Biography Email Bookmark CommentA lump has appeared on my birds beak. It looks just like a big spot or wart on the top of her beak near the base. It is just gray - the same color as the surrounding beak and does not seem to be bothering her at the moment but i'm worried it could get worse or spread to my other birds. Have you any idea what it could be? My vet didn't know even though I showed her a picture of her. (Zoe Hunter - United Kingdom)It is very difficult to know exactly what this is without seeing it, but it sounds like on of two things - both of which are some of the most common ailments in caged birds. Firstly, budgies are prone to Cnemodocoptes mites. These can cause a scaly build-up on the surface of the beak, and often the feet too. This often looks like a lump of hard scales with many tiny holes in it, and unfortunately it often goes unnoticed. If you visit your pet store or vet, they should be able to supply a suitable medication for your bird.

    Alternatively, your bird may simply have a wart, which is caused when papillomavirus infects skin cells. In budgies, the most common site of wart growth is indeed on the beak. The virus responsible for warts in birds has not been identified as transferable to humans. As long as the growth does no affect breathing or give discomfort, there is not a lot of treatment available. The wart can either be surgically removed if necessary or chemically removed. Only if the wart continues to grow or many more are found, should you be concerned that this growth could be a tumor.
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    Disclaimer: This service is meant to provide advice only and is not meant to replace an appointment with a registered veterinarian. Users should always seek a second opinion. Unfortunately we are only able to answer several questions per week so not everyone gets a published answer. And, unfortunately we can't answer by email.Readers' Comments (Newest to Oldest)There are currently no comments for this topic.
     
  3. Rainie

    Rainie Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the info, Imp! It sounds like it's just a wart, I have checked repeatedly to see if there is any evidence of mites, and nothing is sending up any red flags. Other than the beak, everything looks as it should.[​IMG]
     
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:Very Good. [​IMG]

    Imp
     

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