Discolored Stool

by Beth Jackson
(Austin, TX, U.S.)

My pet bird is 3 yrs. old and its stool looks a little red. It never used to look like this. Should I be concerned? What is wrong?

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Jun 29, 2009
by: Linda

Yes, if your bird has eaten red-colored pellets or other food, it would change color of stool. As Tracie mentioned, a higher quality pellet is what is needed. Harrison's is a great high quality pellet carried out here, and is made using all organic ingredients. I've been feeding my Amazons the Harrisons for many years, and they stay healthy which saves a lot of dollars in vet bills.

Your bird could have an infection, and it is necessary to take the bird in as vet will also do a throat swab to confirm what they see in the stool. You will need to make an appointment with Avian vet so they can perform both tests. Leave the stool and wax paper at home as vets usually rather to get a fresh sample with a cotton swab, and will also do a throat swab as well to confirm if infection is present.


Jun 29, 2009
by: Anonymous

my parrot poo changes with the different types of foods they are given. take a sample to your vet to be sure there is not blood in it. the best way i've found to collect it is placing waxed paper down, and then folding the paper into a ziploc bag after the sample has been collected. it doesn't dry out our have any thing that might have been on the newspaper on the bottom of the cage.

Jun 29, 2009
Red in bird droppings
by: Tracie

If you did not feed your bird something with red in it, then it is a concern. Please take your bird to an avian vet ASAP, because Dr. B can not help your bird without examining him.

If you fed your bird colored pellets, it is possible that the bird ate more of the red ones than other colors. Also, if you are feeding colored pellets, please convert your bird to a high quality, uncolored pellet.

The chemicals that make up the colors in pellets harms birds tiny organs. Many birds have behavioral issues, allergies and other health issues due to being fed colored pellets.

Please let us know what your vet says so that we can learn from your experience. I hope everything will be okay.

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