Cockatiel Droppings

by Barb
(Lompoc, CA)

Hi - I adopted two male cockatiels from a lady who didnt want them anymore about 4 months ago. They have been on a seed only diet. I am trying to introduce pellets but so far no luck.

They live in separate cages side by side. One has normal poops that are firm and black surrounded by some white. The other has greenish watery poops.

No sneezing. No watery eyes or discharge. Sing and behave very happy and normal.

Are both forms of droppings normal?

Thanks-Barb

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May 10, 2011
Switching bird to pellets and loose droppings
by: Tracie

Thanks for taking the birds and giving them a loving home.

Watery poop on a regular basis, is a sign of illness, not normal. You will need to take this bird to an avian vet, and you may have to take the other birds you have if it is contagious.

Hang in there with the pellet switch. I had the opposite problem with my budgie. He was weaned to pellets, and wouldn't eat a seed for over a year.

Dr B would like you take the bird to an avian vet and also read the Switching Birds to Pellets article if you haven't already. I have a different approach for switching to pellets than that article.

Once I see the bird actually eat a pellet, which might take months, then I only provide pellets until late afternoon. They wake up to pellets and only have them to eat when they should be the hungriest. I give the food they are used to in the afternoon, and then only healthy treats once they get the pellet diet down.

To get them to try the pellets, we sit next to the cage when we can and pretend to eat pellets. Once the birds see you as part of the flock, they should want to eat what you eat. If the bird comes over to the side to see me while I am "eating" then I offer a pellet through the bars. ;-)

Don't give up.

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