Is my african grey sick? Red stool, screeching before passing bowl.

by Matt
(New Hyde Park NY)

I noticed that my african grey got unusually quiet about a day or so ago. I started spending more time with him to see what is going on and im finding the following unusual symptoms.

1.Stool is red, syrup like viscosity.
2.Anus seems to be irregular, bulbous.
3.Smokey Screeches before he passes his bowels.

Is my bird sick? Does any classification come to mind? Also please give me all/ any possible recommendations to help him. Thanks in advance.

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Sep 28, 2012
Cost for egg binding visit - suggest pelelts
by: The Avian Vet

This is a fair price. I recommend though that you switch you bird to a pellet diet and not use the calcium supplement. My Switching Birds To Pellets article will help you with this.

Dr B

Sep 25, 2012
Reply to Tracie
by: Matt

I took smokey to the avian specialist early yesterday morning and it turns out that she was a bound and we know know smokey is a girl. once again I would like you tracie for your recommendation to go see the vet it saved smokies life.

Do you know why my bird had an egg? She is a solo bird. Can the egg be fertilized and when do the eggs become fertilized in the process.

The other question I had was the price of the vet visit. I would like a second opinion if I'm being ripped off and should use another vet next time. The cost was $525 in total:

70 for vet visit
135 X-ray
250 for removing bound egg
30 vitamin Calicum antibiotic
30 for chloropalmitate antibiotic for the Next week
10 for Calicum supplement for future

What are your thoughts?

Sep 24, 2012
Preventing bird from becoming egg bound
by: Tracie

Yay, so glad you got her there in time!

Your bird doesn't need a male to lay eggs, just to lay fertile eggs. There is a sure way to make sure your bird will never be egg bound again, that is by feeding your bird 80% Harrison's pellets and only 20% healthy treats.

Even though your bird isn't a chronic egg layer, this article written by our avian vet would be helpful for you to read. Chronic Egg Laying Article

If you need help converting your bird to pellets, then you can also read Dr B's Switching Birds To Pellets article

Sep 24, 2012
by: Matt

I would like to thank you once again Tracie for the information that led to me making an emergency appointment to the avian vet. It turns out that Smokey was egg bound and the doctor removed the egg successfully she is on her way to recovery and thank you for all your help.

How did she make an egg she is a solo bird? Will this happen again? What triggered her to have the egg?

The bill I recieved was as follows. I would like to get your opinion on the rates if its standard , overpaid or underpaid. Regardless I am happy that smokey is on her way to recovery, it is a surprise to find out she is a female this way.

Total 525
Exam/office visit 70
X-ray 135
Remove egg bound egg 250
Antibiotic 30
Chloropalmitate 30
Calcium powder 10

Sep 23, 2012
Reply to tracie
by: Matt

Thank You,

I am taking smokey to the vet when it opens In the morning. I appreciate the quick response and the reinforcement of the seriousness of the issue.


Sep 23, 2012
Sick bird needs an avian vet!
by: Tracie

Your bird is seriously sick and could die before Dr B would even read your question. I do not send questions to Dr B that are emergency situations because I don't want to encourage people to post questions and their bird dies while waiting for an answer, sorry.

Please use this Find an Avian Vet link to find an avian vet tonight. Find a 24hr avian clinic if at all possible.

Your bird may have a tumor, your bird may have ingested something ripping it's insides out or any number for things. If your bird is a female it could be egg bound and will probably die without immediate attention.

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