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Old 12-17-2016, 07:02 PM
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Tino and I are having our cuddle time a little later than usual. He's basically sleeping and evert 10 minutes or so he burps a little and it smells like yoghurt. I have never experienced anything like it.

He does have a delicate stomach and his poop goes a little lighter every time he gets anything else but seeds, dried fruit, nuts and pellets.

I am trying to introduce more fresh food, but have to be really careful, as he already once have had a bad diarrhea.

I have given him a little banana today for the first time and a little plum yesterday. His poop is a little lighter than usual, but that's normal for when I give him any fresh food.

Have any of you ever experienced yoghurty breath on your parrot?
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Tino and I are having our cuddle time a little later than usual. He's basically sleeping and evert 10 minutes or so he burps a little and it smells like yoghurt. I have never experienced anything like it.

He does have a delicate stomach and his poop goes a little lighter every time he gets anything else but seeds, dried fruit, nuts and pellets.

I am trying to introduce more fresh food, but have to be really careful, as he already once have had a bad diarrhea.

I have given him a little banana today for the first time and a little plum yesterday. His poop is a little lighter than usual, but that's normal for when I give him any fresh food.

Have any of you ever experienced yoghurty breath on your parrot?
What you can smelling is what is currently still in his crop. It is very rare for stomach gas to pass into crop and then into the month. So, what ever was feed in the last two hours +/- an hour or so, is what you are likely smelling. Hope this helps!

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Old 12-17-2016, 07:56 PM
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What you can swelling is what is currently still in his crop. It is very rare for stomach gas to pass into crop and then into the month. So, what ever was feed in the last two hours +/- an hour or so, is what you are likely smelling. Hope this helps!
Of course that makes sense, thank you Then it should smell of banana and pellets, which is the only thing he's been eating the past few hours.

Still really weird it smells like yoghurt
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Re: Breath smells like yoghurt?

Ok I think the mystery is solved. Tino just puked (not regurgitation as in mate bonding). He was relaxing and suddenly bobed his head once and puked.

All of the pellets had been digested, but all of the banana was left and smelled like yoghurt (and not in a good way). He may just not be ready for banana yet. I also like my bananas with a slightly green tint to it, so when I try banana again, I might have to give him a very ripe banana instread.

I guess that's why I have never smelled anything like it. I have never had a parrot get sick like that.

And just to ease your minds, he doesn't seem ill in any other way. He's acting completely normal
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What you can swelling is what is currently still in his crop. It is very rare for stomach gas to pass into crop and then into the month. So, what ever was feed in the last two hours +/- an hour or so, is what you are likely smelling. Hope this helps!
Of course that makes sense, thank you Then it should smell of banana and pellets, which is the only thing he's been eating the past few hours.

Still really weird it smells like yoghurt
Remember that it is breaking down. Nothing swells the same, after all its changing. Why banana and pellets smell like yoghort? I do not know, just be thankful that it does! Could be much worst!
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Re: Breath smells like yoghurt?

If he liked Banana Tino may have wolfed it down too quickly? As you mention give much riper Banana next time, perhaps in very small pieces so he paces himself?
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Re: Breath smells like yoghurt?

It's entirely possible that he might have a slight yeast infection in his crop, too. I recommend taking him into a vet just to eliminate that possibility if you haven't already. What SailBoat and Plum's mentioned are also good points too though!
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Old 12-18-2016, 06:16 PM
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It's entirely possible that he might have a slight yeast infection in his crop, too. I recommend taking him into a vet just to eliminate that possibility if you haven't already. What SailBoat and Plum's mentioned are also good points too though!
I need to take one of my cats to the vet tomorrow anyway. I will ask for some time for Tino as well. He has so many issues, I don't want him to battle a yeast infection also. He has been to the vet about 2 weeks ago for a full check up, but could easily have gotten a yeast infection the past 2 weeks, as I guess his immune system might not be in full force yet.

I haven't smelled anything on him today, so it was just for about 4-6 hours last night.
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Re: Breath smells like yoghurt?

with your Av's consent regarding it's use, it may be worthwhile researching Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother, we have had numerous threads on here about it but just remembered something that may help you with Tino?

Here is one link for a start ... Apple Cider Vinegar Filtered vs. Mother
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Re: Breath smells like yoghurt?

I forgot to update you on Tino. I took him to the vet and he did have a bacterial infection in his crop, so really happy I didn't just ignore the smell.

Thank you guys for suggesting a yeast infection, I didn't really think that far myself. That's what makes this place so great. I don't have to rely on my own brain and experience, I have hundreds of brains and experiences at hand

I will look into the apple cider vinegar. I have to do Tinos antibiotics first. And I guess I need to do some probiotics after that.

Poor Tino, he just doesn't seem to ever get a break. As soon as his infected feather folicle is under control, his crop gets infected. And his tail before that and his plucking and so on...

Please please let my birdie have some time in good health before next issue surfaces
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