Farting jenday conure???

by Emily
(Connecticut)

My 2 year old Jenday conure "farts" almost every time he goes to the bathroom. Is this at all normal? It started when we switched his food, but he's been on the same food for quite a while now.

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Jan 24, 2012
Response
by: Emily

Thanks. He's due for his annual anyways, so I will ask the vet when he goes. I do feed him a little people food, mostly fruits. He hates veggies! He does like pasta, which I give him once in a while, and he loves graham crackers too. Thanks for the input!

Jan 24, 2012
Farting bird
by: Anonymous

People sometimes eat foods which cause gas. Gas in my opinion, weather it's people or animals, we all get it. It's natural. Depends on what you eat.

My bird, has been seen by an avian vet, and asked about it. He said it was common with diet changes. (changed from seeds to Roudybush pellets) She had a bit of gas. I honestly didnt think a bird could fart, until I heard her do it when I changed her diet. Vet said (esp after running bloodwork) that she was happy and healthy.

Do you feed your bird human foods? Prehaps it's the human foods causing it. Some Veggies like broccoli cause human gas, prehaps birds too.

Your bird should be (according to my avian vet) 80% pellets, the rest seed and people foods such as organic (or washed) fruits and veggies. Mine like noodles (dry and wet)as well which is limited.

I do suggest a visit to the avian vet, simply bc birds need to be seen by a vet yearly just like dogs and cats. Birds will never tell you they are sick until it's moments from death. Which is why it is especially more important to take your bird regularly to a vet. Instincts are: a sick bird is easy prey. Thus a bird will never show signs of being sick. Most peoples birds drop dead, and the owners never had a clue it was sick.

Please find an avian vet for a wellness exam.

Jan 24, 2012
Possible bacterial infection
by: The Avian Vet

This is not normal. It may be a bacterial infection or it may be something he is eating. Harrison’s does not cause gas, TOPS is more likely to but it may not be the pellets. I recommend that you have him seen by an avian veterinarian for a culture and blood work.

Dr B

Jan 24, 2012
Farting jenday conure???
by: Linda

If you're feeding Harrison's, and you said you are, then this is a problem for an Avian Vet. It is not normal for birds to "fart" when they poop and in fact points to an infection of the bacterial kind. Have him examined for infections, and have a throat swab done instead of the anal test or both. The anal swab is not as reliable as the throat swab, so make sure that's done.

Harrison's is the best pellets on the market, so the pellets are not causing this, and I suspect your bird has had a low grade infection all along, and now is the time to get him examined, diagnosed and treated by an Avian Vet.

Linda

Jan 23, 2012
Response
by: Emily

I don't know how to respond to these, sorry. He's eating Harrison's now, he was eating TOPS before that. When I first started him on TOPS he was passing gas too, but stopped after awhile.

Editor's note: I passed this on to Dr B, hopefully he will respond soon.

Jan 23, 2012
Bird has gas
by: Tracie

I suspect your bird may be eating ZuPreem or another high sugar, high chemical food? This will encourage bacterial growth.

Our avian vet answered another question for someone that had a bird with gas, and he answered, "I have seen a couple of birds with gas, but they have been birds who where sick, typically with an intestinal problem, such as Clostridium and other infections."

Your bird should be eating 80% Harrison's or Roudybush pellets, no colored pellets or cheap pellets that are high in sugar, chemicals and fillers.

Please Find an Avian Vet to examine your bird soon, to rule out internal problems.

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