Blood in bird cage

by Angela

When I uncovered my Quaker parrot cage this morning for feeding and cleaning, I saw two dried blood drops on the perch and a blood droplet about the size of the head of a thumbtack on the paper below. I checked my bird for injuries or any residual blood but couldn't find anything. When I first got her, she was a plucker and a spot on her neck is still bare but it didn't have any scabs. I checked her feet and toenails but found nothing. I also checked her bum and her poop, still no signs of blood.

She is eating and acting normal. If she had injured her beak or tongue I would have found blood around the mouth and she wouldn't be able to eat. The rest of today I haven't found any more blood in the cage or her poop so she seems okay. I am so puzzled by where the blood came from, any ideas?

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Jun 18, 2016
blood drops on perch
by: Anonymous

we have a Jardine's parrot and have found a few drops of blood on her perch on 2 separate occasions. She too acts completely normal and no personality change at all. She eats well, and is very friendly. very strange......

Jul 11, 2015
Feather, most likely.
by: Anonymous

I would put my money on the blood source being a feather.

Mar 26, 2015
Mysterious Blood in Cage
by: CS

Hi, I have also experienced this... my african grey is healthy and doing well but I noticed blood or red liquid all along the cage bars when I took his blankets off this morning??? and a few droplets on the cage floor. It smells like blood when I wiped it down but he's healthy; acting normal and eating fine. Did you find out what it was?
My vet says it's nothing unless he's looking sick??
Any ideas would be appreciated.

Nov 26, 2013
Blood in cage
by: Angela

My bird didn't eat anything red and the blood wasn't mixed with her poop. It was just two spots on the perch and one splash on the paper below that was pure blood and not mixed with anything. I didn't find any more blood in the cage after that incident. I took her to the vet today and they were as puzzled as I. They checked her everywhere and didn't find any injuries or dried blood on her feathers or skin. I thought she might have cut her tongue, but that was okay too. She is eating and acting fine. I'm thinking there might have been a spider or bug in her cage and when she killed it some blood spattered.

Nov 25, 2013
blood. . .
by: MaeganMarie

I am as stumped as you are. I would make an appointment with your avian veterinarian and go from there.
What has your bird been eating? What they eat can change the color and consistency of their poop. Perhaps your bird ate or drank something that would have given him/her red poop briefly?

Good luck!

Nov 25, 2013
Mysterious blood in cage
by: Tracie

It is impossible to determine what this is over the Internet, but I understand your concern. If you find more blood, then take the bird to an avian vet immediately.

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