Boarding of birds

by Carol
(Palm Coast, FL USA)

I recently boarded my bird for 2 weeks (he is a yellow naped amazon parrot). When I picked him up, it took 30 minutes to get him out of his cage into his travel cage. He appeared to be traumatized. I noticed that his poop was watery and green. After he was home for a few hours, he began acting normally and happy. However, his poop is still not normal. Can unhappiness cause this?

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Aug 17, 2008
bird poop
by: Anonymous

Runny poops can be caused by stress and diet. If he's not better in a short time take him to an avian vet.

Aug 15, 2008
Re: trauma after boarding
by: Anonymous

I would speculate this is due to your being gone - he felt abandoned and may now express his fear and frustation via a reluctance to approach you. IGNORE this bad behavior - talk to him and act as you normally would, but don't force him to interact with you - and it should quickly pass. If you reward it by making a big deal about it, you may expect it to continue. Due to a similar experience, I now choose to arrange for a birdsitter to come to my home when I must be gone.
Best,
Kathy
Houston TX

Aug 15, 2008
Re: Boarding
by: Kathy Heaton

Ask the facility what they fed him. Fresh fruits & veggies can cause runny poops if the birds isn't used to them, or eats too many. A change in drinking water may have the same effect. Or he may have picked up a bacteria... I'd take a fecal sample to the vet and find out.
Kathy
Houston TX

Aug 15, 2008
Bird with runny droppings
by: Tracie

I am not clear if you are saying it is the same day you brought him home that later the droppings are still runny or if you are talking days later.

I would think that the same day he may still be recovering, but after he has eaten and calmed down, I would think they should not be watery.

I would have an avian vet look at my bird in case he contracted something where he was boarded.

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