What Your Parrot’s Poop Can Tell You

 May 26th, 2009
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Patty

Yellow Budgie

Alright, so this isn’t prettiest topic, but it is one you should know your way around as a parrot owner.  Since birds so completely mask their illnesses, there are really only two ways we have to monitor their health at home.  One is by weighing them frequently, and the other is by watching the quality of their poop. Your parrot’s poop will remain fairly consistent as long as it is healthy.  It only takes me a couple seconds, several times a day to take a look at the bottom of the cage and I can tell what they’ve been eating and assess their general health at that time.

Speaking of the bottom of the cage, I want to recommend that you use newspaper as a cage liner.  Litter, wood chips and shredded paper don’t allow you to really get a good look at the whole poop.  Since it is an uneven surface, parts separate  from each other or get hidden underneath pieces of the litter and you just don’t have a good overview. I guess you could argue that as being the point of litter or wood chips, but it makes the monitoring much less effective.

Check the quality of your parrot’s poop everyday

Bird droppings are made up of three parts:  the feces, which is the green or brown solid matter of the dropping, the urates, which are the white to cream colored by product of the kidney, and the urine, which is clear fluid, the watery waste of the kidneys. The three components are brought together before they are expelled by the body and come out in the form of a single dropping, looking similar to soft serve ice cream. I apologize to anyone on their way to Dairy Queen for a snack.

For the most part, your parrot’s poops will remain the same in size and consistency. Your parrots diet can affect the color of the fecal matter at times.  This is normal.  The seed eating parrots will produce green feces, while the pellet eating parrots tend to produce brownish colored feces.  Carrots can give the fecal part of the dropping a distinctly orange hue and certain berries will also effect the coloring, making my black raspberry loving goffins cockatoo’s poops a horrifying red color.  Once these foods have been digested, the color of the poop will return to its normal green to brown range.  Be aware that the color of the urates should always remain white and the urine should always be clear.

 

The consistency of your bird’s poop can tell you a lot as well.  When a parrot is stressed (like mine are at the vet) and their blood pressure rises, they will produce very liquidy poops.  Also, after they eat fruit, which has a high water content, the poops can be runny.  This is increased urine, also normal under these circumstances, and will return to a typical consistency once the stress is removed, or the fruit is digested. This is often incorrectly thought of as diarrhea, which is only truly the case when the fecal potion of the dropping is not well formed. It is a cause for concern.  In a stressed or fruit eating bird, there will always be the presence of tube shaped fecal matter.  The size of the droppings should also remain consistent.  If they decrease in size or frequency, it could be a sign that your parrot is not eating or has an intestinal blockage.  There should be no odor to the droppings.

Abnormal droppings

In any of these cases, call your vet right away:

-Red or black blood in the droppings.  This is a sign of internal bleeding, egg binding or intestinal infection. It can also mean your parrot has swallowed an object.

-Bubbles or air pockets in the droppings are signs of gas or infection.

-Undigested food can mean pancreatic problems, infection and is a symptom of Proventricular Dialation Disease ( or PDD – which I will be doing a post on in the near future).

-Diarrhea can be brought about by many things including parasites, infection and digestive problems.

-Persistent (lasting a day or two) liquidy droppings (called polyuria) can be the result of infection or kidney disease.

-Decreased urine suggests dehydration.

-Yellow or green urates signal liver disease.

-Yellow urine indicates infection or kidney disease.

Our birds are pooping machines. They poop all day long, and we have all gotten up close and personal with it. Take the time to know what is normal for your bird and make it easy for you to identify a problem at its onset.

Prevention Is The Best Medicine

While a veterinarian is always a good idea, most of these problems are preventable by correcting your birds diet.

For a free video on how to adjust your bird’s diet in a way that can keep health problems at bay, click here: http://www.birdtricks.com/naturalfeeding/

The video is an interview of Jamie Womach, and how she discovered the diet she was feeding her birds was literally killing them, and how she turned it around… I think you’ll find it quite insightful.

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133 Comments on “What Your Parrot’s Poop Can Tell You”

Becca  08/10/2009 9:44 pm

Hi, my bird just had really dark cherries and i took out the seeds. Right after his cherries, his droppings are a very dark green and it scared me. Should i take him to the vet or is it because of the dark cherries. Please I need to know. Thanks for your time.

~becca


Patty  08/13/2009 9:14 pm

Hi Becca,
I’m glad that you are paying such close attention to your parrot and his needs. Great job. If the poops are not back to normal by now, definitely call your vet. Sorry I didn’t see this sooner.
Patty


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Shana  02/26/2010 11:00 am

I always pay attention to my lovebirds poop, and it is usually a darkish green color with some white liquidy stuff around it, the bird speciallist vet i go to said that was normal. 3 weeks ago at a vet visit we found out that she had a lot of bacteria in her poop, ecoli i think, and it might have cuase a little respiritory infection or something. our vet put her on antibiotics, it seems like shes better than she was before, but its hard to tell. The follow up appointment was suposed to be today (1 week after the last antibiotic dose), but because of the snow it was canceled. I just had her out, and she pooped on me (of course) and it was a ligher brown color, with hardly any liquid in it. It was larger than normal, and a kind of weird consistancy, almost like a booger, im sorry that is so gross haha. Anyway, should i be concerned? the earliest appointment i could get is in a week. she is still eating like normal and everything.


Patty  02/26/2010 9:44 pm

Hi Shana,
First, I want to say GREAT JOB for monitoring your bird’s poop. So many people don’t do that and find out too late that their bird is sick. I wouldn’t worry too much about what you are observing at the moment. The coloring could be a result of what she has eaten (pellets will turn poop brown). I don’t think it is a problem for the re-check to wait a week. If you remain concerned, call the vet and insist on an earlier scheduling. I’m sure they could fit you in somewhere.
Patty


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sez  06/30/2010 5:24 am

hi
i have got a parrots and it is starting to smell horrible her poop is runny and i am having to change her cage everyday now im wondering if someone could give me some answers


Patty  06/30/2010 9:23 pm

Hi Sez,
Your bird needs to see a vet as soon as you can. Bad smelling poops are a sign of a serious bacterial infection. Your vet can prescribe antibiotics.
Patty


sez  07/01/2010 5:22 pm

ok thank you my bird has been like this for a few months now
i will phone the vet up in the morning do you think it is serous


Patty  07/01/2010 8:17 pm

Sez,
If it has been like this for a few months, it might very well be serious.
Patty


jack  07/07/2010 7:47 am

hi, i have this baby parrot. His droppings is colored red. I think it’s blood. Can you please tell me what to do?? I don’t think it has to do on his food or cage. There is no red in it.


Jamieleigh  07/07/2010 12:21 pm

Go see an avian certified vet.


Patty  07/30/2010 11:41 am

Hi Ash,
These are all really great questions and you are very observant to have noticed these small details. Most people miss them. More than likely, your new parakeet is just getting settled into her new home. This can be a difficult transitions for some birds. Do continue to keep an eye on her poops and her eating. She isn’t pooping a lot because she isn’t eating a lot. Normally they poop quite a lot. Once her appetite picks up in a day or two, she should be fine. Just keep an eye on her and since she responded so well to the mirror buy a bird safe one for her cage. Parrots are very social and she may some day want a little friend.
Patty


maria  07/31/2010 2:03 pm

hi, my birds poop is usually a normal green color, but the past two days hes been pooping a greenish blue color and its watery. what does this mean???


Patty  08/01/2010 12:17 am

Hi Maria,
The only thing that might make that happen that I can think of is from toy colorant. Has his drinking water been blue lately from having a dyed toy dropped in it?
Patty


maria  08/01/2010 8:14 am

no i don’t think so because his toys are still hanging from his cage, could it be because of something he ate?


Tamara  08/01/2010 11:25 am

Hi, my bird poops liquidy poop and never solid. i am very concerned and its been like this for a few days. i just bought her new food yesterday and isnt eating any of it so i fed it lettuce and kept it in her food so she can eat it until i get her new food. Also, i have been keeping her outside during the night because her old food had a bad oder and attracted bugs. but now it doesnt and i still keep her outside, but once i feel its too hot or too cold outside i will take her back inside. Please help me i dont know what to do! Is it serouse??

~~ Tamara


Patty  08/01/2010 10:47 pm

Hi Tamara,
Runny poops for three days does sound like something is wrong and you really should take her to the vet. I am also concerned that you say there was odor coming from her food. No bird food should smell so bad that it attracts bugs. Perhaps her food was rancid and has made her sick.
Patty


Patty  08/01/2010 10:55 pm

Maria,
Are the poops back to normal color and consistency yet? If he is pooping blue green, it has to be from something he ate or drank that is blue, and it doesn’t sound like it’s food. I’m thinking some kind of dye. If it is still blue green, he is still eating whatever is causing it. I’m more concerned with the poops being runny. Many toy colorants are safe and will only change the poop’s color, but there are unsafe colorants on the market too that will change the color and make the bird sick. Any magazines or paper products that color that he might be getting into? Look around for things of similar color.
Patty


Donna  08/02/2010 3:38 am

HI,
First I would like to thank you for being here and answering these important questions…
I have an 11 yr old African Gray she is a rescue and is a plucker…
Lately the past few months she has Alot of clear urine when she poops..And I mean Alot…She is and always has been on Pellets and there is some solid dropping..But she is drinking alot more too…Should I be very concerned ??? or is she just a nervous bird ???
Ty,
Donna


Patty  08/02/2010 10:05 pm

Hi Donna,
If this were my bird I would definitely see a vet asap. The over-urination is the result of drinking a lot of water. The concern when a bird drinks excessively is that there is a kidney problem. I have my fingers crossed for you both.
Patty


Maria  08/08/2010 12:46 pm

My bird’s poop has finally turned back to normal, i think it was from some blue food pellets he had been eating but i didn’t know it! anyway, thank you so much for your help!


Patty  08/08/2010 10:36 pm

Maria,
Great news! Thanks for the update!
Patty


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sez  08/22/2010 3:29 pm

hi patty
it turned out it was a toy we bought our parrot it must of upset her tummy but thx for the info she is doing great now
thx again
sez


Patty  08/22/2010 9:43 pm

Hi Sez,
I’m glad your bird is feeling better.
Patty


Kristina Smiljanic  08/27/2010 10:03 am

Hi everyone, i bought a green cheeked conure about a month or so ago, and just recently he’s had bubbles in his poop. I’ve been monitoring this for a while and the bubbles only come once or twice a day, if that. There also seems to be quite a bit of urine in the poop. He’s still very active and seems to be healthy. He’s drinking regularly, and always perks up when i give him new food or treats. His plumage is not ruffled and he is showing no other signs of being ill. I’m quite good at worrying, but he’s part of the family and i’m a little concered. Does anyone know what could be wrong with him?
Kristina.


Ash  08/27/2010 6:59 pm

I got a bird a few weeks and I was told to place water and food in his cage but i only see him eating but he dosent drink the water, I was wondering if he could be dehydrated since hes not drinking water. I provide fresh water everyday i even use the water I drink sometimes but he never drinks it. I also read about parakeets liking variety in their food so i wanted to know what fresh food i can get from the grocery store and how much of it i should give to him so that he dosent get bored with the food he gets from pet store food. I also wanted to know how do parakeets sleep because i place a cover over his cage at about the same time every night so that he gets 10-12 hours of sleep without being disturbed since i have to get up early in the mornings but every time i peek into the cage around 1 or 2am his eyes are open or hes moving around.


Patty  08/28/2010 11:01 pm

Hi Ash,
I think it’s safe to assume that your bird IS drinking water because they can only last a matter of days without it. I rarely see a couple of my birds drinking their water, but I know that they are because they are well. You’re right that parakeets like variety in their diet just like the bigger birds, but cut smaller for their size. Here’s a link to a good diet for your bird:http://www.birdtricks.com/blog/the-4-most-important-components-of-a-healthy-diet/.
Parrots sleep with their eyes closed and their little heads turned towards their back with their beaks nestled into the feathers back there. They also stand on one foot while they sleep and switch from one foot to the other through the night. Birds are very alert, even while asleep, so it might be a while before you are able to catch this. It sounds like you’re doing a great job with your bird.
Patty


Patty  08/28/2010 11:03 pm

Hi Kristina,
I would get your bird to the vet. Bubbly poop is a symptom of PDD among other things. I have my fingers crossed for you!
Patty


Nick  08/29/2010 2:36 am

I live in a small apartment so i only have a few places to put my birds cage. Since i got him ive kept the cage on a small stool thats close to the floor. I recently found out a little while ago that my neighbor is clearly not tidy because mice have been coming from his apartment thru a hole into my apartment. I heard sounds coming from my birds cage around 1 in the morning and he is usually very quiet at this time so i lifted the cover to check wat was going on. And to my surprise i saw a small mouse crawling around the cage eating my bird’s food. I chased the mouse away nd quickly began to clean the cage. I found rat dropping in the cage near the food tray so im worried that my bird might have mistaken them for food. I know that rat dropping to humans are dangerous and since my parakeet is so small i wanted to know if he did somehow eat the droppings, if it will make him sick or kill him?


Patty  08/29/2010 6:32 pm

Hi Nick,
I see absolutely no reason why a bird would choose to eat mouse droppings, but birds do strange things sometimes. My only concern would be if the mouse had gotten into a poison trap or was carrying disease and brought it into the cage. I would think you would be seeing signs of trouble in your bird by now if that were the case. Try to find and seal the hole the mouse is using to get into your house.
Patty


Clare  09/04/2010 8:44 am

Hi,
I bought a 3/4 year old blue fronted amazon parrot this week from the pet shop. The parrot had previous owner who I believe did not clean the cage very often as there was poop all around the bars of the cage etc… I got her home and cleaned the whole cage and she seems to be settling in great although it will take a bit of time to gain her trust . I did notice when I first cleaned the cage that the dried poop was white, but I have noticed that now her poop seems to be mainly green and I’m a little worried that she may not be well. I have been changing her fresh food twice a day and her bird seed mix and water is changed everyday. Could it be that my parrot is getting used to a fresh food diet as I assume she may not have had this before judging by her cage, or should I have this checked?


Patty  09/04/2010 2:15 pm

Hi Clare,
If the bird is seeming healthy otherwise, I would wait it out and see how it looks in a week. It could indeed be the result of diet changes, not to mention environment changes. The bigger question is: how is it that this very young macaw is on it’s second home??
Patty


Clare  09/05/2010 4:00 am

Thank you Patty, I really appreciate your help. I fully agree, it’s very sad when people buy pets and don’t provide the best care and attention. This is my first parrot but I am looking up information so I can care for her properly and gain her trust as she will come out of the top of her cage and take food from you but if your hand is near her without food, she will bite. I know it is very early days and it will take alot of time and patience, but if you have any care advice or techniques for me to use and eventually gain her trust ,I would be very grateful. Thank you again


abbas  09/05/2010 12:23 pm

can somone help i got an african grey parrot but she keeps on shitting and its hard to take it out and scrub it can anyooone help me pleaseee


Constance Calhoun  09/05/2010 7:51 pm

Hi Patty;

About three(3) weeks ago, my cockatiel started sitting on her water dish and pooping in it. Her poop seems to look normal and she dosen’t seem to be having any problems. She is eating well, she dosen’t smell, and she won’t drink the water until I clean the container and give her fresh water. She is also shedding a lot of the little white under feathers.
I am quite concerned. Can you advise me.

Thank you for your help and advice,

Connye


Robin  09/05/2010 9:54 pm

hi my girl parakeet hasnt been pooping solid pretty much since we got her, its like she only poops water with a little bit of green solid poop and it worries me because i asked my avi vet and he said it could be a parasite, should i bring her in to see my vet?


Patty  09/06/2010 7:26 pm

Hi Robin,
That is definitely not normal. I would take the bird to the vet.
Patty


Patty  09/06/2010 7:32 pm

Hi Connye,
My cockatiels do the same thing. They poop in the food bowl as well at times. It is very important that your bird always have access to fresh water, so you might want to introduce a water bottle into her cage – can’t poop in those!. The loss of those small feathers is normal and will happen frequently.
Patty


Patty  09/06/2010 7:37 pm

Hi Clare,
Go through the blog site. There are some great articles in there and I feel that most of your questions will be addressed there. Keep being patient and allow her to take her time making the adjustments. If you are not pushy with her she will quickly learn that you are a trustworthy friend. Best to you both.
Patty


amanda  09/10/2010 9:36 pm

my Bird is having the poop sticking to the vent i guess that is what it is called. I have no clue what it is or what i should do i just bought her yesterday. Please help!!!!!


Patty  09/13/2010 11:06 pm

Hi Amanda,
This is not a sign of good health. Birds are very clean creatures and any time there is a build of any debris or fecal matter anywhere it says that something is wrong. Please see your vet.
Patty


caroline  09/20/2010 1:12 am

my parrot just pooped red and liquidy does this mean something is happening because hes also breathing very heavily !


Patty  09/20/2010 12:11 pm

Caroline,
Please get your bird to the vet immediately!
Patty


laura  10/03/2010 1:56 pm

My bird likes to take baths in the bathroom sink but i was giving him a bath 2 days ago and lots of water got in his face, a few minutes later something bubbly came out of his nose, im not sure if it was the water but after that his poop became rly runny and most of it was white so i wanted to know if the water hurt him sumhow. I also noticed about a week ago that he has been goin to the bottom of his cage where his poop is nd idk if hes eating his own poop or the bits of seeds that are falling down there.He dosent eat carrots, lettuce and fruits that i give him and i make sure that i provide him with lots of fresh seeds each day, so i wanted to know what it means if hes eating his poop.


Joseph  10/14/2010 8:53 pm

Hi
I love the site..it is very informative. My Amazon is making very watery poops. The green solid matter is there but the rest is just very watery. Any advice?


cheryl  10/20/2010 2:38 am

My parrot is shitting liquid he has been doing this since yesterday. I’m worried. I’m crying cuz I love my bird. I did get my parrot some new food but he eats it but its not the one he usually eats. What should I do. I can’t afford the vets but I might have to take him to the vets. I don’t want my parrot to get so sick. I need some ones help.


Mim  10/21/2010 2:40 am

Hi, I have a cockatiel who I am very close with but it’s to the point now that he can’t / won’t poo unless I’m with him. When I come home soon as he settles down with me he does a poo that can be often 3cm long. But when I stay with him for long periods of time his poos are normal sized and are excreted regularly. It’s only just started happening in the last few months and I’ve had him for 9 years.
Does he need to see a vet?
Thanks


Lynn  10/21/2010 11:09 pm

Hi, I just got my lovebird and they say hes four months old. he poops fine in the cage and when i have him out of the cage his poop is green but still has solidarity to it with some white. I’m concerned he may have something wrong with him. help?


Patty  10/22/2010 10:47 am

Hi Lynn,
The changes in his poop may be reflective of how comfortable he is (or is not) outside of his cage. He’s new to the house and may need some time to adjust. Keep watching him but it might just be the result of nervousness in his new environment.
Patty


Patty  10/22/2010 10:51 am

Hi Mim,
Wow. That is an unusual situation. Are you sure? A cockatiel poops about every 15 minutes or so. I have no idea how to advise you. It seems to me that it could cause cloacal problems down the road if this were to continue for any length of time. I would go see a vet to be sure there aren’t any digestive problems or blockage.
Patty


Mim  10/22/2010 10:42 pm

G’Day again Patty, Strange isn’t it! And yes it is without fail. He has a closed in cardboard box with a little hole he spends a lot of time rummaging in, and I think I’ve just worked out that he won’t go poo in the box, and of course as soon as I get him out he goes, so I guess that must be the link…. What I’ve been doing is making him have ‘time outs’ from his box and his toiletting has become much more regular. Thanks for the tips, this is an awesome site and I really appreciate what you do!! Cheers mate, have a good one


Patty  10/23/2010 1:05 am

Hi Mim,
Okay this tells me a lot! Many species will not poop in their nest, which is exactly what this box represents to him. Fall is a hormonal time of year for many birds. I would eliminate the box even though I am sure he enjoys it. Firstly, it isn’t a good idea to let him get too nesty because it leads to aggression, and secondly this not pooping thing could lead to health problems. Are you certain your bird is a he?
Patty


Mim  10/24/2010 5:36 am

Hello, Well I’m Australian so it’s actually spring here! I’m about 90% sure he is a he. i asked the vet and she said if he hasn’t laid an egg yet he’s a boy, and he has a huge vocabulary which also signals a male, but i’m not sure..


Patty  10/24/2010 9:20 pm

Hi Mim,
Just FYI, I have a 23 year old female goffins cockatoo that has never laid an egg! And your season there explains the interest in the box!
Patty


Kerrin  10/25/2010 9:59 am

hi.
My beautiful 4 week old yellow ring neck has started to make funny squeaking noises, and we have not seen him poop. He only makes the noises outside of the nesting box or close to feeding time. Do you think he could be constipated, and if so how do we know and what must we do to fix it.. Could this be linked to the squeaks.


Kerrin  10/26/2010 4:16 am

hi again….. We have seen that he is pooping, but he is only squeaking close to feeding time or when we open to box to check on them. Is this normal? We have a 6 week old green ring neck in the box with him and he doesn’t squeak. But they are both eating fine and poop looks normal. Please help.


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Taylor .C  11/01/2010 3:50 am

hello i have a baby ringneck parrot 8weeks old and it is pooing normal from what i know but today it just did a runny poop with bubbbles in it and i was wondering if this was ok for my bird to do it infrequently….or is it something i should be worried about? And also i know this is all about your birds poop but my bird is doing ‘wet sneezes’ and i read that it could be dust or a feather stuck from preening but i was just wondering if you think i should take it to thevet or if it is ok for now? Please help because it is scaring me a bit…!


Patty  11/03/2010 8:21 pm

Hi Taylor,
Your bird’s poop should remain fairly consistent. If it is irregular infrequently, it is likely just related to its most recent meal and I wouldn’t worry about it. When it happens over a period of several days, then you see the vet.
Regarding the sneezing, this could be a sign you need the bathe the bird more often or that the air is too dry in your house. Sometimes a bird will blow water out of its nose after a bath. Then there is a possibility of health issues, often related to a vitamin A deficiency. Just to be on the safe side, I would make sure to offer a lot of carrots, squash, and sweet potatoes to help with this in case it is relative.
Keep a close eye and if your don’t see improvement, I would definitely go to the vet.
Patty


Taylor. C  11/06/2010 12:29 am

thank you very much for your time and suggestions. I will take them all into consideration and i will get back to you and tell you how your advice helped me i am very very greatful and i am sure perry ( my parrot) will be too thankyou soooo much!!! But i am just wondering on the subject of batheing my bird how i would go along those lines??? I saw on a website that i could you a spray bottle and put it just on mist and on other websites to just put a dish of water out and let your bird do its on thing i was wondering about your thoughts on the meatter???


taylor c  11/06/2010 4:08 am

hey patty its taylor again i have given the bird a bath just today and i have tried giving it carrots (hoping to get results : D ). The problem is that perry isnt a big fan of carrots i am getting sweet potatoes as soon as possible and trying those out but i am wonderin if there are any other fruit and vegetables that contain vitamin A to give to my bird that are ok for my bird to eat????


Patty  11/06/2010 8:10 pm

Hi Taylor,
Your bird will make his preferences for bathing know. Some prefer spray mists, some prefer bowls, as my cockatiels and quaker do, some prefer to go into the shower, such as my cockatoos. If you are having a hard time getting you birds accustomed to bathing, start with a mister. I used to put my little ones in the shower outside of the stream of water (which can be too intense for some of the smaller birds) just to get them damp from the humidity sometimes. If your bird objects, get him used to it gradually. All birds need to bathe, most don’t need to be forced. Sometimes putting wet greens on the cage grate will inspire a bird to roll around and get wet. Also try adding greens (like parsley or pieces of kale) into a bowl of water. Be creative!
Regarding the veggies, know that you will not see immediate results. The benefits from improving their diet emerge gradually, but are so important for your bird. Try serving broccoli, peas, kale, spinach, red bell peppers, apricots, peaches, mangoes… Think of it in terms of color. The fruits and veggies richest in color as generally the best for you. Remember, no pits from the fruits, but the seeds in the peppers are fine!
Patty


taylor. C  11/07/2010 3:59 pm

hi sorry i have sooo many questions….but i was wondering if i could cook the vetables at all to make them easier to eat….and if there are any improvements in my birds health when will i be able to see them?


Patty  11/07/2010 10:20 pm

Hi Taylor,
Never worry about asking questions, we are here to help you take good care of your birds! You can absolutely cook the veggies! In fact, some birds prefer them warm and softer. Just remember that they don’t need the butter or salt. Go to the blog page and search under diet and nutrition. There are a ton of helpful tips there.
Patty


taylor. C  11/08/2010 3:49 am

hi patty….i found out thanks to you i might add… that my bird LOVES cooked vegetables but not raw so much thankyou heaps!….


taylor. C  11/09/2010 3:18 am

ok so i am misting my bird leaving a bowl out to bathe itself in and feeding it vegetable containing vitamin A. It is still sneezing wet and that is ok because i did not expect results straight away but it is also sneezing dryly and i was wondering if that is also harmful to my birds health or if it is ok (peri – my bird- does not do this very very often but has sneezed this this a few times)…….again sorry for all the questions i am just paranoid i gues lol.


Patty  11/09/2010 9:20 pm

Hi Taylor,
Give the bird a few days to see if the bathing helps the sneezing. How often exactly does your bird sneeze?
Patty


taylor.c  11/10/2010 4:38 am

my bird sneezes about 3 times a day sometimes less and sometimes more but on average 3 times. The sneezing is a mixture of dry and wet sneezes.


majella  11/10/2010 4:30 pm

my bird is eating a lot of carrot sweet potato and pumpkin and hes poos are now orange/brown is that fine?


Patty  11/10/2010 9:16 pm

Hi Majella,
Yes that is fine. The poops will often take on the color of the food most recently eaten. They will return to normal color after the food is digested.
Patty


Kerrin  11/12/2010 5:31 am

can someone tell me why my questions have not been answered or are they just not important enough? I absolutely love this site but am a little dissapointed.


Patty  11/12/2010 11:01 am

Hi Kerrin,
We get an overwhelming number of questions and it’s just impossible to get to them all. I am sorry, though. What was it that you needed to know?
Patty


Julia  11/15/2010 9:47 pm

I also have an Amazon that is pooping a lot of clear urine. Not sure but I think he is drinking a lot of water. If this is a kidney problem, what can be done?


Kerrin  11/16/2010 10:49 am

hi,
Sorry, but I am frustrated and don’t know if I am doing things right. I have 3 baby ringnecks, all at the weaning stage. They have started to climb and jump. I have fresh fruit and seeds with water in their cages every day. They have started to go off the powder formula. Is this normal and do all ring necks squeak? My cockateil is also mimicking these noises.
Are my precious babies ok? Kerrin


Patty  11/17/2010 11:10 am

Hi Kerrin,
I don’t have personal experience with rearing ringnecks. I recommend that you contact a breeder of these birds and direct your questions there. It sounds like things are going well with the weaning, but I couldn’t say about the squeaking that you mentioned.
Patty


Patty  11/17/2010 11:14 am

Hi Julia,
Your avian vet can determine the health of your bird’s kidneys. We are not vets here and can only tell you what to watch for. Drinking excessive amounts of water can be cause for concern. Good luck, let us know what you find out. This can be a learning experience for us all.
Patty


kahleala  11/19/2010 5:53 pm

my bird has swallowed a tiny tiny bit of plastic or something can this cause constipation?


Patty  11/19/2010 9:58 pm

Hi Kahleala,
Unfortunately, this can cause much worse than constipation. Both the crop and the intestinal tract can become impacted and blocked. Watch your bird carefully to see that his crop empties out following a meal and that his pooping is normal. Chances are he’ll pass it if it isn’t too big, just be VERY observant of any changes in his behavior or feeding
Patty.


kahleala  11/19/2010 10:29 pm

ok i am new to this and i dnt exactly know what a crop is or how to tell if it is emptied out….my bird is acting normal and pooping..thank god…but i am still freaking out. Please help me


kahleala  11/19/2010 10:38 pm

forgot to metion how his poos are going: they have been prett normal but one of them was very watery is tht fine?


kahleala  11/20/2010 5:50 am

i am not sure how big is too big…but my bird swallowed something the size of 1/4 of my pinkie nail- approx 4mm by 4mm- and it was kind of rubbery does that help?


Patty  11/20/2010 11:30 am

Kahkeala,
What kind of bird is this?
Patty


kahleala  11/20/2010 5:37 pm

oh sorry….it is a approx ten week old baby ringneck.


kahleala  11/21/2010 12:12 am

wait no sorry my birdy is approx 12-13 weeks. His poops are normal and he is eating normally…the only problem is i do not know how to tell if his crop is emtying out…if you could help on that it would be great.


kahleala  11/21/2010 12:49 am

i know i am asking a lot of questions but i am kinda freaking out so sorry…..but you know how you stated that if the object my buby swallowed isnt too big tht it should just pass through…well does that mean he will just poop it out???? Or something else….and if he does just poop it out how long do you think it will take?


Patty  11/21/2010 12:50 am

Kahleala,
After he has eaten you can feel the food in his crop, which is located at the bottom of his neck where it meets the body. There will be a bulge there, you can’t miss it. After several hours the same area should feel like a hollow indent. Then you know the crop is empty.
Patty


Patty  11/21/2010 10:15 pm

Kahleala,
Hopefully the object has already been passed (yes, that means pooped out), but it really isn’t possible to tell unless you have seen it in a poop. Xrays won’t pick up plastic or rubber in a scan. If it hasn’t been passed, it is lodged somewhere inside him. Just keep watching for any abnormal behavior or if he appears ill.
Patty


Joe  11/21/2010 11:52 pm

My buddy (cockatiel) is a very sweet bird and whistles to me and I whistle back. He does get played with and gets let out of his cage. But he HATES and I mean HATES bird toys! I read the article about bird toys and tried it but it didn’t wor. Now, every time I get near him with a toy he hisses and makes a very solid poop. But when I don’t have any toys he is fine and poops fine and acts perfect. Is there a reason why he does this?
Joe


kahleala  11/22/2010 2:47 am

ok i will look very closely but i havn.t seen it in his poop. He seems to be behaving normal and his poops are very normal except for a few runny ones…(is that fine or should i be worried about it??) and i think his crop is emtying…i THINK! As i said i am no expert. And what symptoms should i be looking for if it is still lodged inside him? Will it be fatal and if it is how long until he will die? And if you can’t see it in an x ray how will you know??????!


kahleala  11/22/2010 3:48 am

wait his poops arent normal there is no green bit only the clear and white parts….what does that mean! Omg omg is my baby ok?!?!


kahleala  11/22/2010 3:49 pm

i am so sorry for all of this but i just dont know what is going on….my birds poop is going to normal then goin irregular again! What does this mean???


Patty  11/22/2010 8:25 pm

Kahleala,
Time to get the bird to the vet, I’m afraid!
Patty


kahleala  11/23/2010 1:52 am

ok taking her as soon as i can but what do i need to say and how do you think they will fix it??? If you don,t know its ok i will find out soon…thank you for all your help!!!!


kahleala  11/23/2010 4:54 am

is it fatal??? And if it is how long do i have to get im bird to the vet until my bird will pass? Please i need to know this info???


Ash  12/29/2010 7:41 pm

Hi again, Your advice has been really helpful so i wanted to ask you a few more questions. My bird Chance is on a seed diet because he refuses to eat the fruits and veggies that i give him. I went to the pet store and they gave me minerals to put in his seeds. So i wanted to know if he will be ok with an all seed diet? His poop was normaly green and white colored but a few weeks ago i started noticing that his poop got darker and its really really hard, its still green but from far away it almost looks black. I give him bottled water and i change it 3-4 times a day so i wanted to know why his poop is so hard? Also it is usually vissible when hes breathing because his chest puffs up really big and then he breaths in but lately it he has been breathing out constantly and i dont see him pull it back in, his tail also bobs up and down when this happens. Ive been watching his tail closely and the bobing is getting bigger and bigger. I want to know if my baby is ok and if i should take him to the vet immediately.


Patty  12/30/2010 1:40 am

Hi Ash,
You really must to get your bird onto a better diet. A bird cannot have good health on an all seed diet whether you add supplements or not. A seed diet just doesn’t supply the nutrients a bird needs.
The dark green color of the poops is consistent with a bird on an all seed diet, but it is concerning that they changed all of a sudden. A change in the poop is not normal. I am curious about the hardness you described. Are you seeing any undigested food matter in them? With regards to his breathing, does it seem labored to you? Can you hear him breathe?
Patty


Ash  12/30/2010 2:46 pm

I tried giving him some of the foods that you recommened like rice,lettuce,grapes,etc. but he dosent eat them he just bites them and throws it out of his feeding container. I keep giving him those types of foods since it takes a while for birds to get use to somethign new but he does the same thing everytime and all he ever chooses to eat are seeds, i even mix those foods with his seeds but yet he just eats the seeds. i know its not healty for him to just eat seeds but i dont know whatelse i can do. Heres what his poop looks like http://tinypic.com/r/ac4bkm/7 His breathing looks labored when im peeking at him because he tries to hide it when he sees me looking at me. However, i cant actually hear him breathe.


Patty  12/30/2010 10:11 pm

Hi Ash,
I’m sorry, but what species of bird is this again? Thanks for the picture, they look like cockatiel poops. They do get very hard when they have dried.
Don’t give up on the fresh foods, okay? It took a couple of years of serving them every day to get my cockatoo to eat them and my cockatiels weren’t an easy conversion either. Try serving them in the morning when the bird is hungriest and keep the seed out of the cage at that time. Have you tried cooking veggies into a bird bread? Try pureeing fruit and pouring the seed lightly over the top so that when he eats the seed some fruit will be stuck to it. You could try that with pureed veggies as well, or you could try low sodium baby food. Just keep trying!
I don’t know what to tell you about the breathing. If it is labored, he could have a respiratory problem. Is he perching upright and steadily? Keep an eye on him, and if you remain concerned, call the vet.
Patty


Jenelle  01/26/2011 9:00 pm

Hi, Patty

I came across your parrot poop posting and thought maybe you’d be able to help me out. I have a wonderful Cockatiel who I have (finally!) switched over to pellets. I have had health issues with him before, but as of now, he seems to be healthy. Ever since he’s been eating pellets (about a month), I’ve noticed his droppings usually have an odor. I most notice it in the morning when I uncover him. I know they’re never supposed to have an odor, so I am a little bit worried. I watch his poop all the time along with his actions, behaviors, etc.. His poop went from green to brown when he switched to pellets, and I know that part is normal. Nothing else has changed about him.


Patty  01/26/2011 10:23 pm

Hi Jenelle,
Odor to the dropping indicates an illness. Try lining the cage with plain white paper towel for a couple of days. This will give you a clear look at the poop and let you get a better sense of what it smells like. That is the only problem with using newspaper – it has it’s own smell and that interferes with what you are trying to smell. Call your vet and see what he/she recommends. Personally, I would take my bird in for some testing.
Patty


Mahesh  02/07/2011 10:04 am

Hi.

I have a mini macaw. Recently last month he fel sick and threw up these whitish chunks. I wasnt sure if this was normal so took him to the vet. They could not tell me what caused him to throw up.
Gave him sum anit-biotics and he seemed fine.

Just over a week ago, i picked up an odour from his mouth. His droppings remained the same, light green, with a bit of white and little liquidy. I also noticed that he has alot of saliva in his mouth and his tongue has a bit of white on it whch isnt normal. Took him to the vet, they did a swab test. They couldnt identify a certain bacteria but gave me some medi mune powder to give him once a day. The odour in his mouth isnt as strong as before but yday his poop started cmin out dark green, like a blackish colour. Im really concerned, what can cause all this?

Mahesh


Nick  02/15/2011 11:51 pm

i got a parakeet 6 months ago and for some reason i still cant get him to stop being afraid of me. He freaks out when i simply put my hand in the cage to change his water or food. i then got another parakeet a month ago and ive left them alone during that time so that they could build a friendship. I recently tried getting the new bird to get on my finger or near me like i did with my first bird but they both run from me. How can i earn their trust and let them not fear me when i put my hand in the cage.


Jeremy  02/26/2011 1:50 pm

when i first got my parakeets there poop was green and whiteish but now its all white is that okay? and i have a male and a femle and i would like to know at what age do they mate?


Taylor  03/24/2011 3:49 am

hi. My paprrot has recently started plucking his feathers. I am in highschool and was just wondering if this is because he gets lonely during the day. He has got a mirror in his cage. Or could this be because of anything else? He is looking pretty healthy And his poops are looking normal.


Patty  03/27/2011 2:08 pm

Hi Taylor,
It’s doubtful that your parrot has started plucking because of loneliness. There are many birds that do just fine on their own for the durations of their lives as long as all their needs are in place. Here’s a link to an article on the subject. Read it to see if you find anything missing or wrong in your bird’s environment that might bring on feather destructive behaviors: http://www.birdtricks.com/blog/feather-destructive-behaviors/.
Patty


Ashley  03/30/2011 1:01 am

Hi so my birds poop is really green with hardly any white substance. It does not look normally formed like when I first got her. It almost seems like she has dieriha. It smells pretty bad and the news paper on the bottom of her cage becomes soaked with pee two hours after I change it. I don’t know what’s going on. I’m feeding her normal seed she’s drinking tons of water. I’m not sure what to do because this has been going on for awhile. Help?!


Patty  03/30/2011 10:29 am

Ashley,
She is urinating a lot because she is drinking “tons of water”. That fact tells me that there could be a liver problem. Bad smelling poops suggests infection of some sort. Please get your vet involved, your bird needs help!
Patty


Teen in need  05/18/2011 12:39 am

Hi , I have two half moon conures , they recently had baby parrots .
I noticed that they started pooping watery & their cage started to smell very nasty because of it .
My first thought to the watery poop was because they were drinking tons of water to feed the babies but now I take care of it & they are still pooping the same.
I don’t know what the problem is .
Help please.


Patty  05/18/2011 10:28 am

Hi Teen,
This sounds like a bacterial infection to me. The odor you mentioned is what gives that away. Wild birds hide their illness so they are not singled out to predators as weak. There comes a time, of course, when they are too ill to hide it anymore. Our captive birds do the same instinctively. Your birds are now very sick and need a vet asap. Birds can spiral downwards very quickly in terms of their health. In the meantime, change the water and food bowls often and keep the cages very clean. Good luck!!
Patty


Adriana  05/28/2011 3:58 pm

Hi , I have a question but it doesn’t neccesaraly have to do with my conures poop I think ?
I have a baby conure I am handfeeding it’s 1month & 2 weeks . It’s gotten this weird smell not the good kind either , it’s pretty strong sometimes . I read that it might have to do with it’s growing because it’s feathers are growing out but I am not sure ? Help please .
-Adriana


Kiwi  05/30/2011 4:31 pm

Hey I was wondering if my eclectus parrot was fine because he pooped on me (lol) and he had little bubbles in it. He seems fine or do you still think its an infection?


Jessica  06/02/2011 2:31 pm

I have a blue front amazon and i just noticed his poop is a bright green color . It didn’t start until today so i have no idea what it coule be from. If you have any solutions or suggustions i would greatly appreciate it.

Please and Thank you…

~Jessica


Subhan  06/02/2011 10:49 pm

I have a question, my bird pooped a little bit of orange and red. He is acting normal…is he ok?
Thanks


Adriana  06/09/2011 7:22 pm

My baby conure is pooping a light brownish color I’m scared help?


Patty  06/11/2011 9:09 pm

Hi Adriana,
Have you noticed your bird eating more pellets than usual? Pellets will make the poops brownish. If you are concerned, call the vet for an opinion.
Patty


Shayne  06/29/2011 12:27 am

Hi Patty,

I happened to stumble upon your blog and have a quick question. I have a 3 year old Green Cheek Conure. Today I noticed that a couple of his droppings weren’t tube shaped, however, he has some that are. Should I still be concerned? I haven’t changed his diet (seeds, and an occasional apple and carrot)…his behavior hasn’t changed, no noticeable abnormalities. Please let me know what you think! Thanks!


Shay  07/13/2011 12:47 pm

I met a military mcaw that seemed to only urinate-alll clear liquid thats not right is it


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Anna  01/18/2012 11:41 am

I have an Amazon that I have been nursing for three months. He is 20 and although I think he is a baby his internal workings tell me he is not. He is currently on flagyl and baytril with diflucan. He has had a rough patch. Almost a month in ICU…
I am nursing him at home. He cries after he eats and has rubbery tubular poops. They are appropriately colored. I have been giving him diluted pedialyte and pepto bismol daily. Any other suggestions?
I am feeding him no fruit but bananas and a little apple sauce, white rice, green beans, carrots, a few legumes and a few greens. He still has his seed but no sunflower. He likes cashews.
Open to any response. I love him and want him well.


Anna  01/18/2012 11:41 am

I have an Amazon that I have been nursing for three months. He is 20 and although I think he is a baby his internal workings tell me he is not. He is currently on flagyl and baytril with diflucan. He has had a rough patch. Almost a month in ICU…
I am nursing him at home. He cries after he eats and has rubbery tubular poops. They are appropriately colored. I have been giving him diluted pedialyte and pepto bismol daily. Any other suggestions?
I am feeding him no fruit but bananas and a little apple sauce, white rice, green beans, carrots, a few legumes and a few greens. He still has his seed but no sunflower. He likes cashews.
Open to any response. I love him and want him well.


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Marsha  09/28/2012 11:46 am

I have a 7 year old quaker parrot. She has had very watery poop. It looks like a big puddle of water with a tiny piece of tubular green or brown poop. She has been doing this for a coule weeks. I have been watching her a noticed that she is drinking alot of water in the last couple days. Her water is clean because she drinks out of a waterbottle. I feed her bird seed made for her in the daytime and at night I feed her veggies and fruits. I have been feeding her this way for over a year. I have also noticed that she is rubbing her beak on the cage bars. Her beak looks fine to me. Can someone help me?


keri  10/11/2012 7:19 pm

hi i have a 18 day old baby sunconure and i havent seen any poop in the box unless mommy is eating it her crop is getting full full full up to sholders, is this normal because the first few days the baby didnt have much food in the crop. thank you


Liam  01/24/2013 8:17 pm

Hi,
I have a nanday conure and he’s poo has just turned green. The feces are normal but everything else is green as well. Can you tell me what is wrong? He also hasn’t eaten the new seed that we bought him, I think that might have something to do with it. Please help


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cassie  10/31/2013 10:46 am

My Blue Front Amazon.. When he breaths out and in it sounds like hes stuffed up.. Like theirs boogers that has his nose clogged up.. I know i need to take him somewhere but is there anything i can do before the vet.. Hes around 35 years old..


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