I would of posted this on a more suitable forum, but a birds a bird at the end of the day and other forums are very rude.
I noticed yesterday that Chalkie has got a lump on his cere. Usually he gets food (his chicks are yellow and so the fluff matches the colour almost) on his beak and face so I didn't really think much of it, hoping it was just food and he'd wipe it off as usual. I went into his aviary earlier to feed him and noticed it was still there. I had to grab him to have a closer look.
I don't have a picture as of yet, but personally to me it looks like perhaps a wart? I've looked and looked and looked and can't find anything on it anywhere... another thing is could possibly be is literally a bump? He often flies into the mesh really hard when wild birds fly past and land on the feeders in next doors garden so I thought he may have knocked it?
I'm going to ask John who I work for at the falconry centre what he thinks if it hasn't gone by then. But what do you guys think? He is perfectly fine in himself. He flies around (well, when he can be bothered... raptors are lazy!), eats like a piggy and shows no signs of illness
I'm really concerned though. I have a much more close bond with Chalkie than I do with any of my other birds, yes I ADORE and LOVE everybody with all my heart but Chalkie is very special to me after the situation I was in, he was the only thing that really kept me going. If anything were to happen to me I don't know what I would do.
The vets in my area are dreadful and the guy who usually sorts out my birds health problems (like blood feathers and coping etc) has a terrible illness so I don't want to burden him. I have to wait until friday until I can talk to John.
Has anybody got a clue? or has anybody elses birds had anything similar? I don't know what to do. I wiped it earlier on with some nice clean water on a bit of tissue (which he then decided to attack whilst in my hand... OUCH) and there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with it. I just really don't know