Dried poop stuck to the feet of 1.5 month parakeets

by Gil
(Hacienda Heights, Ca U.S.A.)

The 3 parakeets are about 1 and 1 half month old and their poop is so crusted on their claws that they can't get out of the housing nest. I tried to clean them with warm water and it didn't work and I'm afraid to use a blade or scraper. Is there a solution/safe chemical that can be used?

They're from the 7th litter of the parents and we think that the parents are getting too old to produce healthy offspring. Please assist.

Thanks,

Gil

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Oct 04, 2009
cleaning baby budgies feet
by: Anonymous

Hi There,
What is happening is the nest box is just getting dirty and might need to be cleaned out more often now that the babies are bigger. Most likely your babies are not sick, they just need a little attention. First of all, have the mother come out of the nest via tapping on the box gently to startle her out. Take the babies out carefully and put them in a lined box while you clean out the nest box. Gently try to pick off the feces as best you can. You might need to soak them in room temperature water, not hot and not to cold. Be very careful with the toe nails as you don't want to accidently pull one out.
Just keep an eye on them for now and keep up with this small little maintenance and they should be fine. If for some reason the situation is way out of hand and you are not able to remove the feces on your own, then I would seek a vet that could help you out.

Oct 02, 2009
Bird poop stuck on babies feet
by: The Vet

Try breaking the dried poop of with your finger nail by crushing it. You can also soak in some warm water or wrap the feet in warm wet gauze or paper towel to loosen the poop.

Dr B

Oct 01, 2009
Baby Birds
by: Linda

Your birds sound sick, and you need to take them to an Avian Vet immediately. The only reason all this poop would be sticking to their feet is if the Mother and them are having digestive upsets. This sound like an out of control infection, and both parents and babies need to be seen by an Avian Vet at the same time.

Clean out the nest box and take it outside and wash with hot water for now, leave in sun to dry and disinfect. Take your birds to the vet as soon as you can get an appointment.

DO NOTHING ELSE TO THEIR FEET, AND NEVER USE ANYTHING SHARP ON THEM ANYWHERE. NEVER USE ANY CHEMICALS YOUR VET HAS NOT PRESCRIBED. THE VET CAN GIVE YOU SOMETHING FOR THEM TO TAKE ORALLY, AND CAN ALSO GIVE YOU SOMETHING TO USE TO GET THE POOP OFF THEIR FEET. Please get the whole family to an Avian vet as quickly as you can. You will lose all your birds if this goes untreated.

Linda

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