runny poop and drinking lots of water

by Careen
(Mount Gambier Australia)

We just bought a 11 month old greed gold macaw - 2 days ago. She seems happy but I noticed she drinks lots of water - every 30 minutes - long drinks and her poop is rather runny. Should I worry? Should I take her to the vet? also does she need de-worming? She had been on a varied diet; seed mix and some veg and fruit.
Thank you

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Aug 20, 2009
Sick Bird
by: Linda

Careen, thanks for writing! Your bird needs to be taken to an Avian Vet in your area immediately as it sounds as if she has a bacterial infection and/or parasites.

It is always a great idea to take a new bird to the vet for a good going over as they acquire infections from many places as well as parasites. Give your bird no medicine that did not come from an Avian Vet with instructions as to how to use and for how long.

Please get her in to see a vet as soon as you can. The heavy water consumption can indicate kidney failure or definately problems in that area. Heavy water drinking also can point to poisoning. Even table salt and sugar will poison birds, so stay away from feeding her table food.

She needs to be eating a high quality organic pellet like Harrison's has. Tracie carries that and Goldenfeast Goldn'obles out here. An all seed diet is a "quiet killer" in that the bird is not getting the right nutrition and will have a much shorter life than if it is eating a good, nutritious diet.

The Harrison's is cold extruded which means you are getting all the vitamins and minerals package says you are. Most bird foods, dog foods and cat foods are heat extruded which means over half the vitamins and minerals are lost to the heat.

Harrison's will require you to do the change from seeds to pellets over a period of time, so follow directions. If you need further help with the change, please read the Switching Birds to Pellets article.

So, yes get your bird to the vet immediately and take her in at least once a year from now on. As birds age, the yearly visits make sure they are in excellent condition. Older birds start having problems just like humans do, so make it a habit to take her in for a well-bird visit once a year. Grooming is also important as toenails and beaks must be kept in good order. Long, overgrown nails and beaks are a danger to birds, so take her in every few months for nail and beak cliping.NEVER TRY TO CLIP THE BEAK YOURSELF AS BIRDS CAN BLEED OUT FROM THE BEAK VERY EASILY.

Keep us posted and let us know what vet said,

Linda

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