watery poop

by Becky

I am switching my conjure to roudybush pellets. she took to them very quickly. we started changing about 10 days ago( because we have read that they r healthier & may help with aggression & biting?) & now she is only getting pellet(all day) & fresh fruits & vegies (once a day) with very little seed( only in the evening.) For about 3 days now her poop is watery ( clear) with brown in it. Is this normal when switching diets?

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Apr 22, 2013
Getting birds to eat other foods and biting
by: Tracie

It is up to you. If your bird is eating pellets, it doesn't actually need fruits or veggies, but it is fine to continue to try to get the bird to eat them.

Yes, many people have different opinions. I go with Dr B because he has been practicing for over 30 years and even teaches avian medicine at a university. He sees thousands of birds, so he can see what diets are healthy and what diets are questionable or downright dangerous. He says conures should eat 80% high quality pellets like Harrison's or Roudybush so I trust that.

As far as bird training goes, conures are sometimes nippy birds. I have several articles on training and health on our Parrot Training page so I suggest you follow that link and see if any of those will help you.

Specifically read the one about our biting GC conure. I share how my husband got our conures to stop biting me.

Apr 22, 2013
too much fruits & vegies?
by: Becky

Thanks for the advice!Her poop is back to normal now! Everything about diet is so confusing! I read on many different sites that Conures should have vegies & fruit everyday?! I only give her about a teaspoon! She doesn't even eat it all. So I should only give fresh stuff once or twice a week??

I am also having a problem with some aggression & biting! She can b all nice & sweet then all of a sudden start biting meanly & hard! Nothing works to stop it! We have given her time out for 10 mins in her cage, tried gently holding her beak( this only makes her mad & she bites more!!), rewarding her when she stops or doesn't bite, distracting her with a toy! Please help! Any advice?

Apr 22, 2013
Bird with watery poop
by: The Avian Vet

Yes a change in droppings is normal when switching to pellets. It should last a week or so.

Switching to pellets is one of the best things you can do for your birds, however, it is not likely to change aggressive behaviors or stop the biting. There are dietary issues that can contribute to this behavior however, such as colored sweetened pellets. If you are having those kinds of behavior problems, I can arrange a phone consult that may help with those problems.

Dr B

Apr 22, 2013
watery poop
by: Alex

I know that their poop can change with a diet change, but I am surprised that she has so much more urine in it.

You could make sure she is healthy by getting her checked out by an avian vet.

Maybe someone else can shed a little more light as t if the poop changes with diet include more urine.

Apr 21, 2013
watery poop
by: Linda

For one thing, you are feeding way too much fruit and veggies. The pellets need to make up 80-85% of the total diet leaving only 15-20% for fruit/veggies which means small amounts only a few times a week not everyday. I also suggest you stick to the dark yellow, orange and green veggies and leave off the fruit. If this food you are feeding is organic, and I think it is, then there should be no need for fruit. The dark yellow, orange and green veggies supply antioxidants. Do not feed Spinach because it interferes with calcium absorption. A very little bit every once in a while is fine, just not regularly.

Your bird could also be sick, so once you stop feeding so much raw food, make sure stool goes back to normal or your bird needs to be examined for infections by an Avian Vet ONLY in your driving area.

Thanks for writing and let us know how your bird does.


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