Runny stool in nesting female

I have a year and a half year old female budgie who just laid 5 eggs two weeks ago without a mate. Besides the fact that most of her time is spent sitting on the eggs, she has been acting normally as far as eating, drinking, and playing.

However, her stool is extremely watery and diarrhea-like and has an odor. In addition, the area near her vent appears swollen. I took her to an emergency hospital for evaluation and they can't find anything wrong with her. Are these symptoms typical of a hen who is nesting? Is there a need to take her to my avian vet for further evaluation? Thanks in advance.

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Sep 17, 2011
Nesting hen with runny stool
by: The Avian Vet

Yes, you need a complete work up to determine the cause of this. This would include blood work, exam, and cultures at a minimum. It is common for droppings to have an odor and be loose during the egg laying cycle. However, it is necessary to diagnose and treat the condition to prevent it from becoming a larger problem.

Dr B

Sep 14, 2011
runny stool
by: Anonymous

Not sure if the runny stool is normal or not. Lots of times runny stool means they are drinking alot of water, but as far as the odor from the stool, that is NOT normal. I would take her to an avian vet asap.

She could have an infection of some sort or liver problems.

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