Blue and Gold Macaw---Dirty vent.

by Robert H. Aranda
(Phoenix, Arizona)

i have a blue and gold macaw, i've had her since 12 weeks old---she is 18 years old now. in the 18 years i've own her, has never been to a vet since purchased at 12 weeks old. she seems happy and normal, although she started laying infertal eggs about 3 years ago.

she has not laid any eggs in about 5 months, but her vent is now crusty with white matter, she allows me to clean her vent, then returns white crusty matter again in two days, what do you think the problem is. awaiting your answer, thank you

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Oct 21, 2011
Bird with crusty vent
by: The Avian Vet

This is not normal, even with egg laying females. I recommend that you have her seen by an avian veterinarian for this problem. It is also recommended that you have your bird examined annually for well bird check ups and vaccinations.

Your bird could have an infection in the reproductive tract, or other location. She could have papillomavirus. She could also have other reproductive problems. Again, a trip to the vet is needed.

I also will mention that if your bird is not on pellets, then you need to switch her immediately. Pellet diets are the only sure way to prevent egg binding. Suggested pellets are Harrison's or Roudybush.

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Oct 21, 2011
Blue and Gold Macaw---Dirty vent.
by: Linda

Now is the time to take her to an Avian Vet in your area. Make sure it's an avian vet and not a dog and cat vet as they are not licensed to treat birds and other exotics and will misdiagnose her and give her too much meds. Sometimes, they don't even try and diagnose a problem and just load the bird up with meds that are useless except for hurting the bird. They also charge you a lot of money for absolutely nothing.

A dirty vent usually signifies a bacterial infection. The all white crusty material could signify a renal problem which is very serious. The white part of the stool is uric acid which comes from the kidneys.

Whichever it happens to be, your bird needs the services of an avian vet as this will not go away on its own and will get worse without treatment. It could also be broken egg material, and that is also a very serious problem.

Since your bird is 18, you'll begin to see a few problems that require a trip to avian vet. As birds age, they develop problems just like humans.

Let us know what avian vet has to say and thanks for writing,

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