Amazon with very watery poop

by Gail
(Simpsonville, SC)

My amazon parrot is about 45 years old. She loves peanuts and sunflower seeds, fruits and vegetables, but hates pellets and other seeds. Recently we got in the habit of giving her apple pieces daily. Her poop had always been runny, but it became excessively watery. So we went back to just seeds and peanuts, with some bread, but no more fruit. Is there anything else we can do to "solidify" her poop a little? It's so watery the papers have to be changed once a day.

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Dec 15, 2012
Amazon diet
by: Tracie

In the wild birds fly from place to place, getting exercise searching for food. In the wild they need more fat to keep warm at night etc. In the wild nature provides the perfect food according to the environment they live in and God gave them the sense to eat what they should.

In captivity they most sit around and trying to make the exact amount of different foods AND expecting them to eat everything offered so that they get the proper nutrition is impossible.

If you only provide pellets in the morning, when they are very hungry from fasting all night, and do NOT add treats or seeds until they have eaten most of their pellets, THEN you have assured your bird is getting the proper nutrition.

Most birds should be eating 80% pellets and only 20% healthy treats, and the seed is included in the treats due to the high fat content.

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Dec 14, 2012
Another question -
by: Anonymous

Why are pellets preferred for parrots? In the wild they do not have specially made pellets. What do they eat in the wild? Is it possible to provide her with a natural non-pellet diet?

Dec 14, 2012
Thank you!
by: Anonymous

We are not the original owners so I knew nothing of changing over her diet to pellets. The bird was a breeding bird for 30+ years in another state, then sold to a family about 10 miles from here. That family had her for many years and could no longer care for her, so they sent word round to their friends if anyone was interested in owning her. I was, but I knew nothing of caring for her, so I got all my information on what to feed her from the 2nd owners. I'm her third owner. I do enjoy her very much and I would like to see her enjoy a long life.

The family before me fed her mostly table scraps. Sally (the parrot) eats baked potato, scrambled eggs, fresh veggies, and until recently, fruit and peanuts. She always had parrot seed/pellets/mix in her feeder in addition to whatever else the family gave her.

We just acquired her a few months ago. We do give her eggs once in a while and potato, but when I give her the parrot food mix, she only picks out the sunflower seeds and peanuts and ignores the rest. I was unaware that her feed needed to change with her age. I have pretty much fed her what she liked to eat because I didn't want her to be hungry.

I will begin measures to change over her diet to a more appropriate one. Thanks for the information!

Dec 13, 2012
Amazon with very watery poop
by: Linda

Well, apple is notorious for making poop watery plus generally upsetting the digestive system. It is a fruit that cannot be given daily, and has to be given in very small amounts no more than once a week. The Peanuts and Sunflower seeds are not good for this old a bird and contain large amounts of fat without any high quality proteins. The only reason your bird does not eat high quality pellets is that you've never followed through with the changeover.

Below, I'll give you a link to an article written by an Avian Vet on how to go about the change. If this bird continues to eat an all seed diet, it will have or already has fatty liver diesease. Fatty Liver Disease will normally heal itself if bird is taken off seeds and put on a safe, 100% high quality diet of Harrisons pellets in the Course Grind for size for your bird. All seed diets with or without fruit, veggies and/or vitamin/mineral supplements is a very poor diet and as the bird ages, you will begin to see signs of fatty liver disease plus a host of other diseases.If not corrected, fatty liver disease turns into permanent liver damage that cannot be fixed and will kill the bird.

What is happening now is the beginning of some of the diseases you will see more of because of this poor diet. He needs to be changed over to the organic pellets following the steps outlined in the article. Harrison's is found here along with a Bird Bread Mix they have which can help with the transition. The bread mix needs to have Sunshine Factor's Organic Red Palm Oil as the oil, two whole eggs and water. It can be given as a treat food which will help your bird to begin to enjoy the taste and texture of the pellets.Neither the pellets or bread mix has preservatives, so they have to be refrigerated all the time and a meal's worth warmed to room temp before each feeding. Warmed naturally not in the oven or microwave.

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Make NO changes in diet until your bird has been examined by an Avian Vet ONLY in your area. Have the avian vet take a little blood so they can run tests to see how kidneys, liver and thyroid are functioning. Also have them test for both bacterial and viral infections which will cause runny stools. We recommend once a year workups for all birds, and it becomes critical when we are talking about older birds like yours.

Keep us posted on what avian vet has to say and how everything is going. It is important to get started on a healthy diet for your bird as soon as he is taken care of by an avian vet. Amazons can live up to 75 years old with the correct diet and regular avian vet checkups.


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