baby cockatiel has poop stuck to butt is he getting sick

I just purchased an eight week old baby cockatiel and he is bright eyed, not puffed up, alert, but his poop is sticking to his butt. It is normal green with white and not runny. I took him back to where I purchased him and they said it could be stress in a new home he was not sick.

He is eating and drinking but not a lot mostly when I hold him. Does it sound like he may be sick or can stress do this to a baby transitioning home?

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Jun 28, 2018
by: Anonymous

I'm a beginner cockatiel owner, but I've noticed some things that weren't normal. First off, she has poop stuck to her tail feathers, and second, she doesn't eat as much as she used to. I believe she is about 2 to 4 months old, and she's a very talkative bird. She drinks water, bites out of her mineral block,walks around, climbs, (doesn't know how to fly, so when she jumps off of something she usually falls on the wood pieces on the ground. (The ones for birds) I haven't analyzed her poop, due to the pellets, and I can't figure out if it's hers, or the other cockatiel's poop. I can't separate them, since they are not tamed, and our other cage wasn't very big for her. Please, what can I do to help her?

Editor's note: I don't know what to suggest if you feel you can't separate the birds or take the bird to an avian vet to find out what is causing this health issue.

Oct 10, 2011
Cockatiel response
by: Anonymous

Thank you very much for the advise. I have an appointment in the morning with an Avian Vet.
I have only had our little Romeo four 4 days
and just felt something was not right and that
the person I purchased him from is being dishonest.
Most importantly is that our little guy gets better!
Thanks again.

Oct 10, 2011
Baby bird needs an avian vet
by: The Avian Vet

He is sick and needs to be seen by an avian veterinarian

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Oct 09, 2011
baby cockatiel has poop stuck to butt is he getting sick
by: Linda

Your bird most likely has an infection that needs to be diagnosed and treated by only an Avian Vet. Pet store will always say birds are not sick to keep from having to either take them back and watch them die or to pay for your trip to Avian Vet.

My strong suggestion to you and everyone else is to take new birds to be examined by an Avian Vet during the first 24-48 hours you have it. If it is sick during this time, then either breeder or pet store needs to pay for your visit and any meds prescribed. Once people wait a week or a month to take birds in because they think they're sick, it's too late to get pet store or breeder to do anything about the sick bird they sold you. This first Avian Vet visit is very important, so anyone buying new birds needs to have them checked out within the first 48 hours. After that, the breeder or pet store says something at your home made them sick, and they wash their hand of you and the bird.They have your money, and that's what they wanted all along, so you continue to pay from here on in.

Your bird has an infection and have Avian Vet do a throat swab as this is a more reliable test for bacterial infection than an anal test.

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Thanks for writing and let us know how it goes,

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