bird poop

by Margaret
(NJ)

Meyer's Parrot playing

Meyer's Parrot playing

I have a year old Meyers parrot. I take him out of the cage for at least 2-3 hours every morning. Recently I have had to leave him in there till noon or later. Today I did not take him out till 3PM. What I have noticed is that he will not poop in his cage. He holds it until I take him out. It seemed fine when I'd take him out as soon as he got up in the morning. When left way longer though and no pooping I became concerned. I will be going away for a week this summer and again for a month next winter. He will be boarded at a bird store in one case and in the other someone will come to feed him etc. but the time of day will be totally random and never in AM. Will he hold it until he bursts? He poops anywhere else including on me.

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Jun 28, 2010
Bird holding poop
by: The Avian Vet

He will not hold his poop until he bursts. Physiologically that is impossible. He will go in his cage while you are away. What size cage does he live in? If it is too small, that will contribute to this behavior. His cage should be at least 20 x 24.

Dr B

Jun 26, 2010
bird poop
by: Linda

Work with him now on this issue or he could have problems later when boarded. Birds are creatures of habit, and so you'll need to keep changing things around a bit. Nothing drastic, just make sure you leave him in cage for a while in the am. Once he eats, he should poop in a while whether in or out of cage. You could try giving him a little bit of fruit or veggie in his dish in the morning. Fruit/veggies can be no more than 10-15% of total diet, so small pieces will work.

Also, your bird needs to be eating the majority of his diet in organic, high quality pellets, and I recommend Harrison's. Tracie carries several out here, and get the organic to keep from filling your bird with dyes, pesticides and fertilizer plus preservatives. Organic pellets have to be taken out of bag and warmed up to room temp before feeding, so keep packages in refrigerator. Here is a link on how to change over seed eaters to pellets written by an Avian Vet:

Switching Birds to Pellets article

So, continue to work with your bird, so he becomes more flexible in his attitudes. What's happened here is that his schedule has been rigid, and he's become used to it. He will come around in time if you keep working with him.I also doubt if he'll blow up either. A little checkup with an Avian vet will tell you if he has any infections that could be causing this. I always recommend a trip to Avian Vet BEFORE starting to change a bird's diet or schedule just to make sure bird is healthy to begin with.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

Jun 26, 2010
bird poop
by: Amy

Birds in the wild will actually sleep in a tree and not poop for several hours at a time so as not to give away the fact that they are up there. Giving away their location by their droppings on the ground leaves them vulnerable to animals that would prey on them. Your bird is just doing what is instinctual to him. He probably lets loose with a large poop when you take him from his cage, right? I have a mini macaw that does the same thing. You can take advantage of that situation, and when you remove him from his cage, hold him over a garbage can and say "poop" or "potty" and when he goes, repeat the word and praise him for it. Our 2 mini macaws go on command into the trash, or onto newspaper on the floor. It saves us a lot of soiled clothes. So, not to worry - your bird will go when he's ready!

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