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My bird has pooping problems #291780 05/14/08 07:55 PM
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I've had my bird for like 15 years and today i noticed he has like a big ball of poop stuck on his bum. He's never had pooping problems before and nothing has happened to make him upset or anything. He's been trying to get it out, but i can't tell if its stuck on his feathers or what. He's not a hand-held bird, and he wont really let me touch him because he's gotten a little grumpy as he's gotten older. Ive tried in the past to feed him fruits and veggies, but he wont eat them. I also could never really figure out how to feed them to him (like how small to cut them, maybe someone could help me out there?)because he's old and isn't as active as he used to be. He just likes his seed and millet sprays, thats it. He's got plenty of water to drink and he's always been pretty healthy. Can birds get constipated or is he getting sick?

Re: My bird has pooping problems [Re: lolo] #291782 05/14/08 08:12 PM
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wow he is really old. You will have to clean the poo off his rear. Does he take baths - that might help with some warm water. I don't really know how hard it would be on him to catch him in a towel and wash his bum. You should probably call a vet.

Re: My bird has pooping problems [Re: BLR] #291787 05/14/08 08:29 PM
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that is very old for a budgie! youve obviously looked after him very well. my two never took to the bath so we always spray them. we bought a spray bottle and we spray it in the air above them and let it sprinkle down...they love it, and it encourages them to preen more aswell.. maybe try that. mine do get the odd poo stuck to their feathers though and they usually fall off quickly but i wouldnt worry.

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Well, if he's already 15 years old then it may be impossible to get him to eat veggies now. But since you asked, what I would recommend is to chop up some veggies like broccoli, carrots, radiccio, spinach or corn and make sure it is in tiny seed sized pieces. A mini food processor works well for this. Then you can mix them in with the seeds, offer them separately in another dish or only offer him the veggies for a certain amount of time to see if he trys any. Als, you can try and hang spinach or broccoli from the top of his cage like a toy and that may make the veggies look more enticing. smile Good luck with the poo problem.


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First thing is to wash the dried poo off. Hold him in a wash cloth and use warm water on another to wipe him clean. If he is perching on a place that enables the poo to fall down remove that perch. If he is still doing this after 24 hours of washing him then mix half a teaspoon of vegetable oil with 6 teaspoons of seed. If this dont work he needs to be seen by your vet. You said he is not eating anything but seeds and millet? Lay off the millet for two weeks and offer more fruits and veggies by hanging them from the cage bars. His water also should be changed twice a day until this clears up. Be sure to not leave the veggies and fruit in the cage more than two hours. Best of luck to this old guy.


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I mean disables the poo to fall of course. sorry for that typo.


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I tried to wait and see if the poo would come off on its own but it just kept getting worse. It was bothering him..he was sleeping all the time and not moving around much and he kept moving his tail all around struggling to get it off or maybe trying to poo i couldn't tell. It was seriously a HUGE ball of poo and it was sometimes watery. Has this ever happened to anyone before? Anyway i convinced my mom to help me clean him with warm water and we got most of it off, but there's still some dried poo on his feathers and its hard to get off. Im gonna try again tomorrow though along with the fruit and veggies.

Re: My bird has pooping problems [Re: lolo] #292394 05/17/08 01:44 PM
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I'm glad you got him mostly cleaned off. With any luck, his poops will fall normally again now.

As for getting him to try fruits and veggies, after a year of trying various foods in various ways, I took somebody's advice here and chopped up carrot into little bitty pieces, almost as small as seeds, and scattered about a teaspoon full on top of the usual seed mix in the usual food dish. And they ate the carrot! smile

Fresh carrot is a good choice to start with because it's a little sweet, it's a bright color, it's firm, and it doesn't go bad or brown in an hour like some cut fresh foods.

Re: My bird has pooping problems [Re: Faith says hi] #292503 05/18/08 12:21 AM
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My old guy died today...he would've been 16 this year. We were so careful with him last night because he'd had this weird thing where if he got frightened his feet would curl up (someone thought arthritis) and he couldn't stand on his perch for awhile so i was gonna clean him up some more today. I know he was old but now i feel bad like maybe i should have left him alone or gotten him medicine but i thought he was just constipated or something. He seemed ok last night but today he was sitting in his food dish on his mirror..i just figured his feet were bothering him and he was resting them. Anyway im obviously wrecked because ive had him since he was a little guy. Thanks for everyone's help though i appreciate it ;(

Re: My bird has pooping problems [Re: lolo] #292524 05/18/08 01:22 AM
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Oh - I'm so terribly sorry to hear this. frown

I don't think you should feel bad about his last days because it sounds like you did the right things for him, and maybe it was just his time to go...

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