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Brief: Just took home my (roughly) 11 week old sun conure from boarding.
Noticed odd poop...

He/she is behaving fine, no worries there. Same spunky personality, just unusual poop, webby...
different then before I took him into boarding!
not every poop is like this some look normal but most are like this pic...

I did some scooping and it maybe bacteria? if so will introducing yogurt( healthy bacteria) help fight it?

any info would be of great help!!

A little info about Maui:
I took him home at 5 weeks, hand fed. 10 weeks weaned now eating a roudybush diet with some fruit and nut mix mixed into it. I just started a fresh chop today since the boarding offered it every morning to him...
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Old 07-17-2017, 04:39 AM
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any difference in poop, get to a certified avian vet. I assume you're experienced in hand-feeding then as it seemed to have gone well?

I would go to a vet not just for the poop but for a new bird wellness check and to start building a relationship with the vet so they can get to know your bird and you can get to know them as a vet making everyone more comfortable whenever you need to go, especially in an emergency
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Re: new owner concerned!

Hi, mixing fruit into the pellets can make then go off in the dish. The fruit and nuts would be better in the chop than the pellets. Concentrate on the chop for feeding at the moment, with some pellets, see how it goes.

If things don't improve soon then definitely go AV route but maybe the boarding has unsettled her? Do you know the birds she was with and their history, it is best to be very cautious with mixing with other birds as you do not know if they are 100% well.
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any difference in poop, get to a certified avian vet. I assume you're experienced in hand-feeding then as it seemed to have gone well?

I would go to a vet not just for the poop but for a new bird wellness check and to start building a relationship with the vet so they can get to know your bird and you can get to know them as a vet making everyone more comfortable whenever you need to go, especially in an emergency
Actually Maui is my first parrot! got him as a early fathers day gift. Always loved animals and never had a parrot... ferrets, chinchilla, emerald tree boa, axolotls, two 55 gallon fresh water tanks and a lot more over the years!

So I am assuming hand rearing a parrot isn't an easy task?
I got him at 5 weeks so had to feed every 8 hours, then started wetting the pellets with water every morning at 9 weeks and boom! He refused formula ever since...

Also I took him into an exotic vet, and had a well check, the boarding required it... but Im not sure what all the check up actually entitled?
they basically looked at him and weighed him, didn't really do a through check in my opinion! just offered me an expensive RECCOMENED testing for DNA, and viruses...

Did you guys do the full tests? or should I not worry about it at the moment...

No one told me that it would costly to have a parrot(small one at that)!

Maybe I will take him back into another vet... Ill look for an AVIAN only place... hard to find here!
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Hi, mixing fruit into the pellets can make then go off in the dish. The fruit and nuts would be better in the chop than the pellets. Concentrate on the chop for feeding at the moment, with some pellets, see how it goes.

If things don't improve soon then definitely go AV route but maybe the boarding has unsettled her? Do you know the birds she was with and their history, it is best to be very cautious with mixing with other birds as you do not know if they are 100% well.
The fruits and nuts are of the dry mix bought at the bird store... so that's why I mixed it with the pellets not fresh cut if that confused you..

And thanks for the advice! I will try him on only pellets for a week and then introduce the chop since the pellets is what I had Maui on before boarding when I didn't notice anything unusual..

Also the birds at the boarding were all in individual cages if that matters?

Are there any other home remedies I can try before a vet check if its not the food?
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any difference in poop, get to a certified avian vet. I assume you're experienced in hand-feeding then as it seemed to have gone well?

I would go to a vet not just for the poop but for a new bird wellness check and to start building a relationship with the vet so they can get to know your bird and you can get to know them as a vet making everyone more comfortable whenever you need to go, especially in an emergency
Actually Maui is my first parrot! got him as a early fathers day gift. Always loved animals and never had a parrot... ferrets, chinchilla, emerald tree boa, axolotls, two 55 gallon fresh water tanks and a lot more over the years!

So I am assuming hand rearing a parrot isn't an easy task?
I got him at 5 weeks so had to feed every 8 hours, then started wetting the pellets with water every morning at 9 weeks and boom! He refused formula ever since...

Also I took him into an exotic vet, and had a well check, the boarding required it... but Im not sure what all the check up actually entitled?
they basically looked at him and weighed him, didn't really do a through check in my opinion! just offered me an expensive RECCOMENED testing for DNA, and viruses...

Did you guys do the full tests? or should I not worry about it at the moment...

No one told me that it would costly to have a parrot(small one at that)!

Maybe I will take him back into another vet... Ill look for an AVIAN only place... hard to find here!
hand-feeding may be among the most dangerous things to do. You need the bird to be the right temperature, the food to be the right temperature, the right consistency, the right times, the right amounts, if they get too vigerous they can die, not vigorous enough they can die, put the syringe in the wrong place it can go into their lungs, they can burn their crop, impact their crop. Honestly I don't know how people can do it.

It's actually illegal in some places to sell an unweaned bird due to the danger.

The check is very short. They check the weight, the general look of the bird, any discharge around the eyes or nose and if there are any obvious issues they have. Some people don't even see the check done! Although I will say if they are not a certified avian vet then their knowledge would be rudimentary at best. Also vet bills expensive. Welcome to owning any pet! Vets are all pretty expensive, it's how they get all the expensive equipment and pay for the doctors and medication. If possible get your bird insured, it can cut the costs dramatically
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Hi, for the testing,
Avian Services Center: DNA sexing and disease testing for all species of birds.
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Some info for you regards Quarantine, FYI. -)

https://www.petcha.com/how-to-quaran...-new-pet-bird/
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Re: new owner concerned!

Thanks for all the quick replies!
And have you used the avian service center flboy(david)?
how was your experience, they send a kit, take blood and feather and send it in thats it?
saves a few hundred from the vet!
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