Blue Crown Conure drinks alot of water

I have a Blue Crown Conure that is 16 years old and I have moved quite a bit the past 5 years, at least 3 times. I have had him since he was 4 weeks old, I actually hand fed him about 8 weeks. I'd say I have noticed over the past couple years he has started drinking a lot of water which in turn he has very watery stools. I fill his water bowl up and he drinks almost all of it that day.

I have 4 birds and when I give them fresh water every day, his is the only one that is almost empty. He doesn't show signs of being stressed out, he is very sweet. I don't know if it something to do with us moving around the past 5 years or if it is bad for him to drink that much water. I know water is good for us, but he doesn't act like he is sick or feels bad. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks J

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Oct 05, 2009
Bird's need to drink from bottles
by: The Vet

First, let me say that it is much more sanitary for birds to drink from bottles, like Lixit water bottle, instead of bowls. Bacteria grow in bowls within 3 hours; bacteria do not grow in bottles before 4 days. If you cannot change a water bowl every 3 hours, then you need to switch to bottles.

As for the excessive water drinking, this could be caused by infection, hormones (from a gonad tumor), diabetes, PDD virus, nutritional deficiencies, and other diseases. You need to take your bird into an avian specialist for a diagnosis.

All of your bids should be on water bottles and Harrison's pellets or another healthy pellet diet.

Dr B

Oct 02, 2009
Too Much Water
by: Linda

Your bird needs to be taken to an Avian vet as soon as is possible. This symptom sounds like some kind of kidney malfunction, and he will go into full kidney failure if this is not seen to by an Avian vet. Drinking a lot of water is the first symptom of kidney failure unless he is eating anything salty which will also cause kidney failure.

Your only option is to take him to an Avian vet, and I cannot stress how much of a possible emergency situation this is. When you notice things like this with your birds, please take them to the vet ASAP. Vet will do a blood test called BUN which measures kidney function, and hopefully it is not too late to treat it. The longer you wait, the more it is possible for him to have irreversible kidney damage.Birds should go in to see an Avian vet once a year at the very least.

All your birds need to be eating a high quality, organic pelleted diet like Harrison's which Tracie carries out here. An all seed diet coupled with "table food" takes many, many years off their lives. If your bird has been eating seeds all this time, he may very well be in beginning to middle kidney failure.

I'm not trying to scare you, and you need to be aware of the signs of illness so you can take action sooner. Drinking too much water over a period of time like this is a red flag for kidney damage and failure.

Take your bird into an Avian vet as soon as you can get him there. His life DOES depend on you acting quickly.

Linda

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