Fischer's Lovebird drinking excessive amounts of water

Hello,
I have a 2 year old fischer's dilute lovebird. He has some weird behaviors, such as regurgitating for his toys, and rubbing himself against his perch. He also drinks a lot of water and does wet droppings all in one corner of his cage. This has been going on for a few months. I've had him to the vet for a check up. The vet did a gram stain which showed a slight elevation in bacteria. The culture he took the following week did not grow anything. I was asked to bring him back to repeat the tests in a month.

He acts healthy, plays, is social when out of his cage and eats well. His weight is consistently good as well. The water drinking and wet droppings have me concerned. I am beginning to think it's part of his obsessive/compulsive ritual of mounting his perch and regurgitating, which goes on all day. By the way, we have bought him a mate - to date he's not interested in her. We'll try him with her again as she matures a little more (when she's 8 or 9 mos. old)

Any help or advice you can offer will be appreciated! He's a sweet little guy & he's so special to us. We just want to help him!

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Oct 10, 2008
Fischer's Lovebird problem
by: The Vet

A mate is not going to help and may make it worse, especially if it is hormone related. In addition, IF these two decide to get along, your sweet bird in time will not be as sweet. When two birds bond, they will have little or nothing to do with you any longer.

Did your veterinarian do any blood work? This would be more important to do than repeating the culture and Gram's stain. Is "he" DNA sexed? I have seen this over active sexuality be related to ovarian tumors and cysts, and knowing the sex definitively could help to rule in or out the causes.

You should also have an x-ray done. This may partly be behavior, especially the rubbing (masturbation). The regurgitation is probably related to this too. The excessive water drinking and urination may or may not be related and should be investigated more fully with the tests I recommended.

Please let me know what you find out.

Dr B

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