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Old 12-23-2012, 08:22 PM
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Poop here, Poop there, not until I am out of the cage.

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So we have had our bird for a while now, about 2 months. Every time he wakes up in the morning it seems like he waits until myself or my wife takes him out of the cage to poop. It just seems like there is hardly in poop in the cage, but once he is out he is a poop machine.

Is there a reason that a bird might hold it in? We have not tried potty training.

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Old 12-23-2012, 08:30 PM
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Re: Poop here, Poop there, not until I am out of the cage.

Thank you for asking this, i was wondering myself. They hold in 'the big one' until I let then out.
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:39 PM
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Re: Poop here, Poop there, not until I am out of the cage.

Yea, I mean he just pooped on me again. It's just not fun to hold him when he poops all the time. :-( I love my bird, but the BIG one is reserved for the morning and he lets loose on my wife or I. If we don't take him out he does not poop it seems like.
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:55 PM
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Our sun, scarlet, and amazon are like this... so just let them out of the cage for a few, let em poop, then pick him up..

I use my old mechanic shirts as bird shirts... they're clean of course, no oil on them..

Put news paper around the immediate area of the cage.. that's what we do
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Old 12-24-2012, 01:54 AM
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Re: Poop here, Poop there, not until I am out of the cage.

The movement of being picked up makes Jasmine poop so maybe with your bird try picking him up for quick cuddle and popping him back in his cage - take him straight back out the moment he poops. Another tactic is that they poop every 20 minutes so watch until he goes then take him out and you know you have 15-20 mins if poop free time!

I have a T- stand which I put Jasmine in on when I get her out in the morning and she does her morning 'bomb'

I do think that investing time in potty training will save you lots of mess over the next 20 years so its worth it. It has taken five months to train Jasmine and she still forgets and goes anywhere so it's a work in progress!?!
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Re: Poop here, Poop there, not until I am out of the cage.

It seemed like Puck would poop as soon as we picked him up. If I picked him up first thing after waking up, I had to be careful what I held him over, lol. I just picked him up, and held him over a paper or something, knowing that he was going to do his big morning poop. It seemed like he also wouldn't go as much when I wasn't home. As soon as I got home, he would often do the same thing.

Darcy is similar, except he doesn't like to poop on me usually. But there is the big morning poop, and he poops more frequently when he is out, as long as he is somewhere he is comfy with, like his cage or the back of a chair.
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:31 AM
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Re: Poop here, Poop there, not until I am out of the cage.

Tich is exactly the same. In the morning I'll let him out and he'll do a massive poo. I am currently potty training him, so when he's out I hold him over his bin and say 'poo' when he does it, then praise him. After that I check every 10-15mins in case he needs to go. If he does, repeat the training. After a couple of months I now notice a slight change in behaviour and I can usually tell when he needs to go.
I'd suggest potty training as it'll be useful in the long run. :]
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Re: Poop here, Poop there, not until I am out of the cage.

I read a lot of online articles that states potty training is dangerous. As they need to go when they need to and not when told to. They can end up holding it in and die if we forget to tell them to go. Is there any truth in that?
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Re: Poop here, Poop there, not until I am out of the cage.

I often use an old towel on my shoulder if Gil is standing there. However he is pretty good about pooping in the cage, or if he is on me and every so often i put him in his cage, he will poop and then i can get him again. Do you have a table top perch? Gil will often do his poop there and that is an 'ok' place for him. i can get him out, put him on that right away, let him poop and when he chills out, pick him up.
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:13 AM
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Re: Poop here, Poop there, not until I am out of the cage.

Oh. I know that feeling all too well.

Carlisle came to me potty trained. He has only pooped outside of his cage a few times. He otherwise waits until I put him away to go. If I have him out and he needs to go he does the "potty dance" so I know to take him to his cage. I don't know where he learned this, but I sure do love it!

Kayak is my pooping machine. She's gotten better. It's taken almost a year of me constantly telling her "Do you have to go poopies?" "Did you go poopies yet?" to get her to go in her cage. She still has accidents but they're not as terrible as they were before where she had no regard to where she would go. When she goes poopies in her cage I always praise her in the most annoying voice I have (she loves it and will get very happy like a kid does when they know they did well) "Oh you're a good girl! You went POOPIES!" I'm surprised she hasn't learned to say poopies yet with all the times I say it. It took a long time, but she learned and I couldn't be happier.

Maybe you just need to spend some time trying to get him to go in his cage before letting him out? There isn't much worse than letting your bird out only to get crapped on 5 seconds later. Worst feeling in the world (next to a nasty bite )
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