Parakeet has runny poop, clusters around bottom

by Vanessa
(Bellevue)

I’ve had my parakeet for a little over 7 years now. Lately I’ve noticed that his poop has been very runny. Sometimes it clusters around his bottom and gets stuck in his feathers. I try to give him bathes or clean it with a Qtips, but poop gets stuck there by the end of the day.

Once his bottom has been cleaned we noticed that his anus seemed to be swollen. I have kept his diet constant so I’m worried his health may be declining due to old age. I plan on taking him in to his vet asap, but I just wanted a second opinion. He’s prescribed antibiotics before and it seems to help for a little while.

He recovered but we’ve noticed that he has developed spiky feathers above his nose and all around his head, but no where else. We can always tell when something is wrong when he ruffles his feathers and stays fluffy. He’s been sleeping a lot during the day as well so we have been keeping his heater nearby. What else can we do? Is there anything in particular that may be wrong with him? Thank you for your time.

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Jun 29, 2010
Take him to the vet RIGHT NOW!!!
by: Christina

Hello, my name is Christina,and this exact same thing happened to my bird last year. Take your bird to the avian vet RIGHT NOW because my bird had EXACTLY the same symptoms that your bird has, and one week later he was gone. This thing is a killer and it kills birds fast. Take your bird to the avain vet right now. I waited 4 days before I took him to the vet and it was too late. Now he is gone forever. Dont be like me and regret it for the rest of your life. Take your bird to the avain vet now and the avain vet can save his life and make him better

Jun 28, 2010
Runny poop and swollen vent
by: Tracie

This is VERY serious and needs to be seen by an AVIAN vet. If you are taking your bird to a regular dog/cat vet, then find another vet.

The spiky feathers are new feathers coming in and nothing to worry about.

Dr B can not help you with this, because your bird needs to be examined and only after what is actually wrong has been determined can the proper treatment be prescribed.

Let us know what happens at the avian vet. If you do not know how to find an avian vet in your area, you can look for one on our Find an Avian Vet page.

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