Last Sunday (6th October), Perry seemed a bit quiet & not his usual self. The next morning he was no better, in fact he was worse. He was very quiet with not a peep out of him, not even when Dalai called to him (before I unlocked their cages). He sat in the same spot for some time, sleeping although not fluffed up. He did not go down to his seed pots either.
I let Lennie out so he & Dalai could play & Perry could continue to rest. Millet was gratefully received by Perry & he was able to eat quite a bit without having to fight Lennie for it. When he jumped to another perch he seemed to stumble a bit so I wondered if perhaps his lump was starting to impact on his leg. With these concerns, I rang the vet & booked an appointment for the following morning (Tuesday 8th October).
By about midday, Perry decided he wanted a change of scenery & wanted to come out. For the rest of the day he sat in with Dalai & Lennie, still very quiet. When the others were otherwise engaged, I would slip Perry some millet.
Although Perry had improved by the next morning (eating by himself & more vocal), I kept the vet appointment. The vet examined him & noticed bruising on his upper left leg, opposite to the lump. We assume this is why he was off-colour & also why he had improved. His lump is still growing & is currently growing outwards & downwards. The vet thinks it will affect his leg at some point & start causing mobility problems. Whilst he is coping fine now, I will gradually start to adapt his cage & hopefully they will accept the changes without any fuss!