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Watery poop #200636 07/19/07 11:45 PM
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I'm worried about Gun. Yesterday and today his poop has been really watery. I have cut his seed down, has this caused it? I got him last Monday and I started off with 1/2 pellets, 1/2 seed. Well I noticed he was ONLY eating one of the seeds in the seed mix so 2 days ago I cut the portions into 1 part seed, 2 part pellets. Is he just not eating enough? Should I go back to mostly seed? And he always gets (offered anyway) fresh fruit and veggies everyday. He pecks a tiny bit at spinach. Doesn't touch strawberrys, bananas, carrots or broccoli.


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Re: Watery poop [Re: misspuss] #200643 07/20/07 12:10 AM
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It could easily be the veggies and fruit you are giving him. Also, I believe you aren't supposed to give a budgie strawberries because of the seeds on the outside. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong.


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Re: Watery poop [Re: misspuss] #200647 07/20/07 12:17 AM
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I read it is natural for a bird to do this sometimes. Here is what my handbook says on the subject:

Signs of Illness: Diarrhea; droppings mushy, discolored or mixed with blood.

Possible Cause: Colds; Nutritional deficiency; poisoning, spoiled food; nephritis, liver damage; tumors; infections.

As you can see, it's a pretty broad range of what could be happening. If it becomes consistent though, I would see a vet despite the cost.

It says "short term diarrhea is not necessarily a sign of disease and may signal no more than passing physical discomfort".

The real indicator I would look for is to see if Gun is looking sick. Then I would really take him to the vet.

Hope I helped and hope Gun is alright :|


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Re: Watery poop [Re: Aussie-n-Budgie] #200648 07/20/07 12:18 AM
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Oh, and yes three keets, you are a little wrong. But it's an easy misinterpretation. Most things you read will say that birds first like to bite at the seeds of the strawberries, not they harm them.

:P that's what I read.


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Re: Watery poop [Re: Aussie-n-Budgie] #200655 07/20/07 12:39 AM
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He looks ok and he's acting fine. He eats, plays with toys, chirps and wharbles at me. He's also sleeping fine and acts the same. Maybe, "This too shall pass"???? Of course, if it's not better by Monday, I'll take him in. I worry about dehydration and I don't want him to starve!

He's also been "fake" flying. That's when he sits on his perch and flaps his wings as fast as he would if he was to fly. He's not caught or anything, he does this on purpose. Is that a normal thing to do? Just streching or something??


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I am not sure if this is medically normal however I have known many birds to do this on occasion.


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Re: Watery poop [Re: Aussie-n-Budgie] #200742 07/20/07 01:42 PM
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Fake flying is common in caged birds. I think they just get fidgety and are stretching and burning off a bit of excess energy. (Mine usually go airborne and hover when they do it, but they're older and probably stronger of wing than Gun is yet.)

Once you have him trained and can safely let him out to fly around a bit, he'll probably do less of the fake flying.

I don't like the sound of the watery poops for more than a day, since it sounds like he's eating mostly pellets and seed. But if it started at the same time he started actually eating some of the spinach, it could be from that. Or if it started when you cut back on seed and offered mostly pellets. Diet change often causes a minor, temporary upset.

But if it's not from the diet change, then yes, you're right to worry. If he's still got watery poops today, a third day, you should try to get him to a vet today. If he's actually sick, Monday could be too long to wait. That would be the sixth day of illness (if he is ill).

You're giving him plenty of fresh, clean water, right?

Oh, and if you're putting vitamin supplements in the water, maybe you should stop, and clean the water dish thoroughly. Those supplements can promote bacteria growth in the water, and a simple once-a-day changing of the water isn't good enough to keep it clean.

You aaked if he's eating enough, but you didn't say how much he's eating, so I don't know. If it's not at least a tablespoon total per day, that's not enough. Mine each usually eat two tablespoons of food in a day, but occasionally eat as little as one or as much as three. Does that help?


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