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Old 01-06-2017, 02:41 PM
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I've recently noticed Lincoln eating his own poop. Why would he be doing that? I supply him with fresh food and water daily and stimulation, I've recently been using toilet paper rolls to teach him how to forage. I am working on setting up a vet appointment for him though, so if something is wrong I can get it covered then too.

Edit: there is a grill between the bottom of the cage and him so it usually lands down on the newspaper but sometimes it lands on the grill bars and that's when he gets it. When I notice him at the bottom of the cage I do clean off the grill.
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Old 01-06-2017, 02:45 PM
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Re: Eating his poop?

It can be a sign that a bird is short of some vitamins or minerals and is trying to claim them back but good you intend to see AV as this should be answered then.
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Thanks for the answer!
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Re: Eating his poop?

Perhaps it is worth just going through what you feed in terms of fresh foods, it is possible that one vitamin is being over fed at the expense of another. It isn't easy to get it right all the time especially if they are picky.

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Re: Eating his poop?

Yeah, Lincoln is relatively picky right now. His fresh food bowl contains; butternut squash, brocolli, yellow bell pepper, dragonfruit (white), oats, kiwi. He also has a peletted food but I'm working on switching that out because I was told it's a bad food. The vet suggested a different food last time I went but I forget what it was called so I'm going to ask him again when I take Lincoln in hopefully on Monday or Tuesday. I give him almonds and pecans as treats but I want to find different treats that he likes because I'm aware nuts aren't the healthiest so I can only give them in limitation making training limited to only a few times a day.

edit: Lincoln usually only eats the pelleted food for some reason :/ he likes the fresh food mix but he just rarely eats it. So I'm thinking of just giving limited pellets every day kind of forcing him to eat the fresh foods but I'm a gentle person and I don't like doing something like that??
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Re: Eating his poop?

Nuts are essential part of their diet, treats can be switched around, use different nuts not just the same one (walnuts, cashews) as well as pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, tiny pieces of plain unsalted cracker, sesame seeds, small pieces of fruit if they work as a motivator even a shard of grated low fat cheese. A chop can work with picky eaters in as much as you can hide ingredients in it.
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Re: Eating his poop?

My conure does this, or I thought so, but I have realized that its not eating but rather "cleaning", and since he doesnt have hands to scrape the poop of, he uses his beak. If he is actually swallowing it, then thats anpther story, but chances are hes just biting it off and ceunching it to clean it off his cage.
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Re: Eating his poop?

No idea, I'll have to watch more closely next time.
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Re: Eating his poop?

Dont know how old Lincoln is, but Salty went thru a phase when he was really young when he did this, like around 4-5 months. He stopped after a few weeks. he wasnt really eating it , he was playing with it
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Lincoln is 13

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