Keeping baby eclectus bottom clean.

by Paula

I've been raising an eclectus from the day it hatched due to the male parent eating eggs and chewing off the beak of another newly hatched baby. He is doing well at 29 days old.

My question is what is the best way to keep his bottom clean? The container I have him in right now, I am using tissues on the bottom and changing every time I feed him. Right now I am using warm water and wiping his bottom, but I'm afraid it might make his bottom sore. Can I soak him in a shallow container of warm water then dry him off with a soft rag, or is he too young for this?

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Apr 08, 2013
Keeping baby eclectus bottom clean.
by: Linda

This baby has an infection and will likely die without treatment. First he has to be diagnosed by an Avian Vet ONLY and then the avian vet will prescribe meds for the particular inefection. Stop wiping his butt and get him medical treatment. The poop sticking to his butt is a sign of bacterial infection in babies and adult birds. Also, you wiill need to move him into a cage shortly. To keep him warm, partially cover cage and cover it all at night. You can also use a heating pad and sit cage on it. You will have to be very careful using heating pad and never leave the house with it on and do not have it on at night because of chance of fire. If you are handfeeding, it is time to thicken the mix up as well.

Once he is well again, and a follow up visit will be required, put him in a smaller size cage with a wire grate on the bottom. Make sure the cage is made for his size bird and that the grate in the bottom comes with the cage. Your baby will end up being cripped if he does not learn to walk and hold onto the grate. Babies left on flat surfaces too long cannot learn to use their feet and legs correctly and sometimes end up with splayed legs and crippled for life.

Let us know what Avian Vet has to say and do not wait any longer to get him medical help from an Avian Vet.

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