The Basics of Healthy Bird Poop
My cockatiel female, 10 months old is having watery poop since friday afternoon. On saturday my husband went to the vet and showed her a picture, she said it could be anything or nothing, we have an appointment for tomorrow in case she doesn't improve. Yesterday afternoon and today the poop was still watery but not so much, it is almost like her regular poop, so we will wait and see. I really don't like taking her to the vet because is very stressful for her, I guess we will decide it tomorrow.
She is acting normal, very active and playful, and we don't think she is drinking more tan usual. Yesterday she lost a few grams but today she recovered some of them. So I try not to be very worried but it's difficult, I would love to be able to ask her hey what's wrong with you?
So if any of you have some experience with this problem I would appreciate advice or opinions. Sorry to hear your cockatiel has you worried. What does her diet consist of? Watery stools can be caused by foods high in water content fruits mostly. If her watery poop came on suddenly, with no changes in her diet having been made, I think it's a good idea to keep your vet appointment, especially because they can go downhill rather quickly if not treated in a timely manner.
Thank you for your answer. The diet didn't change, she usually eats mostly pellets, in the cage she has two bowls with Zupreem and Zeigler, she eats more of the Zupreem pellets.
When she is out of the cage I give her seed mixture, some millet and the ocassional nutriberry or dried blueberry. Everyday we give her some veggies too.
On friday, when this problem started, I gave her escarole and lamb's lettuce I think they are the names in english but she didn't eat much of them.
We haven't feed her any veggie during the weekend. We are worried about one thing, during the weekend we decided to clean and dissinfect all her stuff just in case, and then we found some kind of algae or something like that in the water bottle a little of greenish substance on the glass.
We threw it right away because we were not sure we could clean it and bought a new one. I don't know if it is related, but she is better since that. Beau 15 year old Green Cheek Jimmy Bullet 12 year old female white cap pionus parrot.Most bird owners have heard that it's important to monitor their feathered friend's droppings for signs of illness.
However, it can be difficult to determine exactly what is "normal" when it comes to bird poop. It might seem gross, but analyzing your bird's droppings for color, texture, and other factors can go a long way in keeping your pet healthy.
Healthy bird droppings can display an array of colors and still be considered "normal. The food dyes in these pellets, combined with the natural colors of the fresh foods your bird eats, will naturally produce a rainbow of colors in their droppings. However, if you notice that your bird's poop suddenly changes color, it can be a sign of severe health problems that need prompt veterinary attention. The texture of the droppings will also vary based on your bird's diet.
However, there are certain things to keep in mind when analyzing your bird's poop to make sure that it's healthy. A good rule of thumb is that the poop should be close to mimicking the consistency of toothpaste, for lack of a less disgusting analogy. Be on the lookout for droppings that are very dark or seem "tarry," as this can be a sign of internal bleeding, which requires immediate veterinary care. In general, your bird's droppings should produce little to no odor.
Poop that seems overly smelly can be indicative of infection, intestinal problems, or other types of illness. This is not to say that you should get down and sniff your bird's droppings; that can be harmful to your health. Rather, pay attention when you bird uses the bathroom, and see if there seems to be any noticeable scent wafting around the cage. If your nose detects something that's just not "right" about the odor, it's probably a good idea to contact your bird's vet for an evaluation.
Unlike mammals and other types of animals, a bird's droppings are not normally solid. Rather, there should be a fair amount of liquid present in a healthy bird's waste, as a bird's anatomy does not have a separate mechanism for eliminating liquid waste from their bodies. Instead, urine and feces are expelled at the same time.
The urine in bird droppings normally presents itself as a white-colored, pasty liquid and usually comprises around 30 to 50 percent of the volume of the droppings. While this can vary slightly without being cause for alarm, you should definitely report to your avian veterinarian if you fear that there is too much or too little liquid in your bird's waste. As one might expect, the volume of a bird's droppings will be relative to the size of the bird producing them. In other words, small birds will produce smaller droppings, and larger birds will produce larger ones.CNN Some hot commodities are obvious: gold, oil, corn and more recently, hand sanitizer, are clearly worth a lot.
A seabird in Rings of Kerry, Ireland. Seabird waste contributes vital nutrients to marine ecosystems and is important for coastal economies.
But some valuable products are less evident -- and much more off-putting. New research has revealed that the waste produced by seabirds -- that's right, the poop of seagulls, pelicans, and penguins -- could be worth nearly half a billion dollars annually.
Satellite imagery reveals new penguin colonies in Antarctica. That's because seabird feces, also known as guano, can be used as commercial fertilizer and is vital for contributing nutrients to marine ecosystems. In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of seabirds and conserving their habitatsscientists set out to quantify the contributions of seabirds and illustrate the actual cost of declining seabird populations by valuing their waste.
Read More. Although only a few seabird species produce guano that is currently commercialized in Peru, Chile and other countries, the waste of other birds contributes vital nutrients to marine ecosystems and is also important for coastal economies. Atlantic Puffins Fratercula arctica stand on a cliff top. They are one of many species that are vulnerable to extinction, a threat that faces one-third of seabird species. Researchers estimated the annual value of the nitrogen and phosphorus deposited into these ecosystems from seabird poop by calculating the cost to replace them with artificial nutrients.
As it turns out, failing to protect seabirds could get expensive. Antarctic penguins release an extreme amount of laughing gas in their feces, it turns out. In these terms, seabird conservation doesn't sound like a crappy investment at all. Seabirds also have impacts that reach far beyond their immediate habitats. Some species, such as penguins in Antarctica, have significant influence on nitrogen and phosphorus levels at both local and global scales.
That's another reason to protect habitats that may seem removed from human life. Birds that learn new behaviors less likely to go extinct, says study. Seabirds face threats from climate change, overfishing, invasive species and "bycatch," meaning they are often killed accidentally as a byproduct of commercial fishing.
Almost half of seabird species are declining in population, and a third of seabird species face the threat of extinction, according to BirdLife Internationala global partnership of conservation organizations dedicated to protecting birds and global biodiversity.
Climate change is killing Tufted puffins, researchers say. Tourism and birdwatching are increasingly important industries in many parts of the world, and the value of seabirds' contributions to marine ecosystems would increase even more if all their other functions in our ecosystems were quantified.Contact Tour.
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I am so scared, is he sick, is it his food, is he gonna die, help me! Re: HELP! Check out this link, it explains colour and consistency changes in a bird's droppings: www. If not, then get your bird to an avian vet ASAP! A change in droppings is often the first indicator of illness, and should be taken seriously If there hasn't been any schange to his diet, you need to take him to an avian vet asap. Also if he had an accident or as I call it If you don't want to take any chances call an avian vet as soon as you possibl can like Yeah, wow - I wouldn't take my chances with this one.
Definitely take your bird to the avian vet asap and get it checked out. And please let us know what comes of it. Good luck! I think I might have figured out the problem. That day he only ate the red pellets they are his favorite but he ussually eats all of them.
He finshed the rest later. His droppings look normal again! Very glad to hear. Your bird is so cute BTW! Just keep an eye on what she eats, so youknow if you need to worry or not. Similar Threads 1 little cockatiel, 2 little cockatiels, 3 little cockatiels Replies: 15 Last Post:PM. Replies: 8 Last Post:AM. Replies: 10 Last Post:AM.
Poopy poop poop By mizpriz in forum General Discussion. Replies: 3 Last Post:PM. Bookmarks Bookmarks del. All times are GMT The time now is PM. All rights reserved. Message Board Network Home.Bird droppings is a topic that can evoke different feelings for different people.
Bird lovers will have a sense of humor and laugh at the green and brown polka dot they find on the back of their shirt when they arrive at work in the morning.
For others, droppings are seen as a major inconvenience. A change in droppings is often one of the first indicators that a bird is sick and as we all know, prompt medical intervention gives sick birds the best chance of making a full recovering. The droppings of a healthy bird will have a firm, solid, coiled shape appearance, with some clear liquid.
A healthy cockatiel's droppings will also be odorless. Because birds excrete urine and feces at the same time, their droppings have 3 distinctly, visible parts.
Urates, by products of protein digestion and metabolism that is removed by the kidneys. Urates will be opaque, white or cream colored. Urine, the watery waste from the kidneys, will be a colorless liquid. Normal and Abnormal Color Change : The solid part of normal droppings can change colors depending on what foods you bird has eaten.
Seed eaters will have green droppings. If a color change is noticed in the urine, your bird is sick and needs to be taken to an avian vet. Sometimes the coloring from solid matter will run into urine on cage papers, making what should be clear, look colored.
Urates and urine in a fresh dropping should remain unchanged on waxed paper. The appearance of your bird's droppings can vary from time to time due to stress or diet and still be considered normal.
Each bird is an individual so what's normal for one bird may not be normal for another bird. Any noticeable change in color, volume or consistency could be one of the first signs of an illness. Contact your avian vet immediately. Dropping Indicators.
Watery Droppings: Watery droppings contain an excessive amount of urine and the condition itself is called polyuria. It's normal for birds to have watery droppings if they are, frightened, stressed, on diets high in watery fruits and vegetables or if they have swallowed a large amount of water while bathing. If polyuria lasts more than 2 days the condition is considered chronic.
There's a noticeable difference between polyuria and diarrhea. True diarrhea looks like splattered pea soup. It has no shape and it will usually stain or stick to feathers around the vent and tail area. Polyuria does not stain or stick to feathers. If a dropping has pieces of visible shapes present, it's not diarrhea. Diarrhea is not normal and it's always a symptom of a sick bird with a digestive disorder, an infection, a disease, parasites, an abdominal hernia, cancer, over treatment with antibiotics, ingestion of a foreign object or poisoning.
Get into the habit of monitoring your bird's droppings everyday. Once you know what's normal for your bird, you will be able to identify normal and abnormal changes in color and consistency of your bird's droppings. If you bird has abnormal droppings for more than a day or two, call your avian vet.
Sick birds need to be taken to avian vets immediately. Dropping Indicators Urates should always be white and urine should always be clear. Yellow or green urates indicate liver disease.
Birds that are eating seeds will most likely have green droppings.Cockatielslike all birds, are very adapt at concealing their illness. This is a self-preservation mechanism, as the sick and the weak are the ones predators will focus on. By the time your cockatiel looks ill, you can assume that your pet is seriously sick and is likely to deterioriate quickly unless appropriate treatment is provided. By observing your cockatiel daily you will learn its normal behavior and you will be able to notice anything out of the ordinary.
Please refer to " Bird Nutrition " for food items rich in Vitamin A. Introducing healthy foods - such as green leafy vegetables; red or orange fruits and veggies which contain beta-carotene - is a natural way to provide this nutrient safely. Calcium blocks should be provided also, to prevent calcium deficiency. For seed addicted birds offer sprouted seeds instead.
Sprouted or germinated seeds are usually more easily accepted by "seed addicts" than fresh fruits and vegetables. Chlamydiosis : This disease should always be ruled out in sick cockatiels. Conjunctivitis and sinusitis are frequently the only symptoms seen These frequent problems can cause death.
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Thank you. Common Cockatiel Diseases. Symptoms and Potential Causes Bird Health Cockatielslike all birds, are very adapt at concealing their illness. Since seeds are higher in fat than many other foods, many seed eaters are often obese as well.
Please also refer to " Calcium Metabolism in Birds ". Vitamin A Deficiency: Vitamin A promotes appetite, digestion, and also increases resistance to infection and to some parasites.
What you can do: Introducing healthy foods - such as green leafy vegetables; red or orange fruits and veggies which contain beta-carotene - is a natural way to provide this nutrient safely. Sprouted seeds are healthier as the sprouting changes and enhances the nutritional quality and value of seeds and grains. Sprouted seeds are lower in fat, as the process of sprouting utilizes the fat in the seed to start the growing process - thus reducing the fat stored in the seeds.
Soaked and germinated "oil" seeds, like niger and rape seeds, are rich in protein and carbohydrates; while "starch" seeds, such as canary and millets, are rich in carbohydrates, but lower in protein. It is an invaluable food at all times; however, it is especially important for breeding or molting birds. Sprouted seeds also serve as a great rearing and weaning food as the softened shell is easier to break by chicks and gets them used to the texture of seeds.
Sarcocystosis Wheezing and Difficulty Breathing caused by inhaled seeds. Millet seeds are often associated with this problem- due to their small size. Reproductive Problemssuch as excessive egg-layingegg-bindingegg-peritonitis.Posted In About CockatielsCockatiel Health Tweet This is a very important topic, and it is probably the easiest way to keep an eye on the health of your cockatiel.
I call it Poo-ology. Once you know how to spot an abnormal poo you will be in a much better position to identify any potential ill health. Daily observations of the poo from your birds will become your early warning system. This should be a solid yet not a firm mass. It may be coiled up, wormlike shape or broken in pieces. Please note that the colour may change depending on what the cockatiel has consumed.
Some sick bird symptoms
For example if the bird has been eating blueberries then it is likely that the faeces are very dark in colour. This would explain why the colour is different, however you must be well aware of what your cockatiel is eating. If your cockatiel has not eaten any blueberries for example, and the faeces is black and possibly thick looking, please act immediately and take your bird to a vet.
The sooner you can come to the conclusion that something is different, the better the chance of your birds recovery. If the faeces is not resembling a wormlike shape and appears wet and runny, they are possibly suffering with diarrhoea. You may notice that the poo is very wet yet a clear worm or strip of faeces is visible, this indicates a larger amount of urine is present and is not Diarrhoea.
Sometimes after having a bathyour bird will display poo like this. The urates are the waste product from the kidneys and represent the digestive part of the poo. You need to pay good attention to this part. If you notice any colour change then take your cocktail to the vet. More on this later. Depending on the diet and water intake, the amount of urine will change. The more fruit and vegetables that your cockatiel eats the more they will urinate. Due to the high water content of those foods. What you must be concerned about are the changes in colour, volume, consistency, and size.
Make this a habit and start to monitor the poo daily. Change the cage flooring regularly so that you can easily see any changes. For example use white butchers paper and change every few days to clearly see the droppings.