Need help with my bird's poop!

pmaddie21

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Hi ! I'm new here and i don't know if i'm doing it right but i need some help !!
I have a sun conure mango he's about 5-6 months old and he was sick couple days ago. He threw up like 4 times at home so I took him to the emergency but they kicked us out because they don't have an avian vet or whatever (i called them before i leave the house and they said they take birds btw). So i had to bring him back home withouth any medical treatment. He started eating little bit after we came back from the hospital. Yesterday, i made a vet appointment as soon as i get up. I didn't take him to the emergency because he eats, drinks, and plays. I have a vet appointment on the 8th and i just found out that his poop looks little weird. Long story short, is his poop not normal? If it is, i will take him to the vet earlier than the 8th. Oh right now, i'm not giving him anything else but harrison pallets so i won't upset his tummy.... Thank you
 

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Welcome to the forums, pmaddie21, although I am sorry for the worrying circumstances that brought you here.

I am most certainly not an expert in avian health, but vomiting and changes in poop are cause for concern. If it was me I would be inclined to seek the assistance of an avian vet sooner rather than later - understanding of course that there may be limitations depending on where in the world you are located and how accessible said avian vets may be. If you are having any difficulty finding an avian vet in your area, the following link may help you to find one...


Hopefully some others of our membership will weigh in with some more info for you soon. I hope very much that your Sun's condition is minor and easily treatable. Best case scenario of course would be the vet gives him a health check, finds nothing wrong and the visit will put your mind at ease!

Wishing you and your Sun all the very best, do keep us update too please, won't you? :)
 
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Welcome to the forums, pmaddie21, although I am sorry for the worrying circumstances that brought you here.

I am most certainly not an expert in avian health, but vomiting and changes in poop are cause for concern. If it was me I would be inclined to seek the assistance of an avian vet sooner rather than later - understanding of course that there may be limitations depending on where in the world you are located and how accessible said avian vets may be. If you are having any difficulty finding an avian vet in your area, the following link may help you to find one...


Hopefully some others of our membership will weigh in with some more info for you soon. I hope very much that your Sun's condition is minor and easily treatable. Best case scenario of course would be the vet gives him a health check, finds nothing wrong and the visit will put your mind at ease!

Wishing you and your Sun all the very best, do keep us update too please, won't y

I am taking mango to the vet on the 8th because that is my only day off and it is 4 hours driving... i will see if i can bring him earlier than friday tho thank you for your replying
 

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You're most welcome pmaddie, I hope the visit goes well and that Mango is AOK :)(y)
 

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That poop isn't normal, and neither are the urates , they should be creamy white and Smooth. The fecal matter is not formed, and is loose and watery.

Did he have a recent diet change? Has he always been in this pellet? Sometimes pellets spoil. Do they snell and look normal?

Extra warmth is very helpful in supporting a sick bird. Radiant heat is best, they sell cage warmers.

Do remember that birds hide being sick until they are critical and can't. So acting normal doesn't mean they are, especially with symptoms of poop and vomiting. If the avsin veterinarian will see you sooner, I would. Definitely see sn again vet specialist. It is frustrating that currently people are having to wait longer to get seen. But I would try to get worked in sooner.

Get a digital kitchen scale abd weigh your bird daily first thing in the morning after their morning poop. Do this to keep track and see if drops in weight . My vet and I think sick birds get what they will eat within reason. As sick birds can burn 3x their normal calories. Often providing baby burd formula made up like yogurt thickness, is a good way to supplement abd support them. Not forced , but sort of encourage. I've had to do this for my birds when sick. I sort of circled them in a towel and hovered my left hand over them and offered a syringe at beak tip with right hand. A few drops at time. Most of mine liked it, and took well. For your size bird 1-7ml at a feeding would be OK. Twice a day in addition to whatever they are eating, 4 timrs a day if they are looding weight.. If you need to , it won't hurt them, is easily digestible and the exact baby bird formula has supporting cultures in as well. Sometimes you can make a litter thicker and offer on your finger for them to lick it off.
 

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This link has some info on supporting a sick bird
 
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This link has some info on supporting a sick bird
Okay... your reply just made my heart dropped all the way down to my feet. I'm about to cry. I will call my vet tomorrow and go there as soon as i can.... now i can't sleep until mango sees the vet... thanks for the information tho. Also, he's diet never changed. He's been eating harrison since day 1. Pallet seems fine to me.... idk what i can do for now. I have a heating pad for him tho. I sleep right next to him so i can make sure he's doing good middle of the night. The earliest day i can take him to the vet will be next tuesday... hopefully mango is okay..
 

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Good luck to Mango. Your getting excellent advice above. Weighing Mango regularly, like every other day, will, in the future, let you know about health issues well in advance of him showing outward signs of illness. Parrots start to loose weight way before they seem sick. Part of being a flock, prey animal in nature. The sick ones are culled out by the predators, so appearing sick or injured = lunch for some predator.
 

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It is incredibly stressful to have a sick baby. Abd with parrots everything has been taken seriously and taken to very promptly. Which you are doing your very best to do! So you are doing great.

How are stools today? Any more vomiting?

Be careful with heating pad, never set a bird on heating pad, be sure can't chomp or start a fire. You can attach to the outside side of tge cage in protective cover, wire run through Pvc towels orotect from chimps
Or on top of cage with a towel to help provide radiant heat, or under the cage if they are still perching and wouldn't have prolonged contact with the heat. Even making the home warmer by a couple of degrees helps sick birds.

I'm not sure what is up with the bird. But because pellets can spoil, and grow mold. For piece of mind I would get new pellets from a different lot number....just on the slim chance....as this is mostly what he eats...
Tho getting a bacteria or yeast overgrowth can come from anywhere. And it's possible a viral or infectious.. chronic zinc exposure ect..

Weigh your bird daily, till vet If it is loosing then you know you need to act quicker.

Hopefully, this is one of those things he gets over on his own, or its fine till vet appointment and easily treated.

Watch those poops, if less poop, or poop with less fecal matter than you know isn't eating enough. They can fake eating. Because they are evolved to hide illness or be kicked out if flock, and targeted by predators.
 
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It is incredibly stressful to have a sick baby. Abd with parrots everything has been taken seriously and taken to very promptly. Which you are doing your very best to do! So you are doing great.

How are stools today? Any more vomiting?

Be careful with heating pad, never set a bird on heating pad, be sure can't chomp or start a fire. You can attach to the outside side of tge cage in protective cover, wire run through Pvc towels orotect from chimps
Or on top of cage with a towel to help provide radiant heat, or under the cage if they are still perching and wouldn't have prolonged contact with the heat. Even making the home warmer by a couple of degrees helps sick birds.

I'm not sure what is up with the bird. But because pellets can spoil, and grow mold. For piece of mind I would get new pellets from a different lot number....just on the slim chance....as this is mostly what he eats...
Tho getting a bacteria or yeast overgrowth can come from anywhere. And it's possible a viral or infectious.. chronic zinc exposure ect..

Weigh your bird daily, till vet If it is loosing then you know you need to act quicker.

Hopefully, this is one of those things he gets over on his own, or its fine till vet appointment and easily treated.

Watch those poops, if less poop, or poop with less fecal matter than you know isn't eating enough. They can fake eating. Because they are evolved to hide illness or be kicked out if flock, and targeted by predators.
Thank you.. his poop still the same but no vomiting thank god. I checked his weight and he gained 2 g more than mid September idk if that is also a sign that he's sick.... i changed his vet appointment from friday to tuesday, so we will leave the house on monday, stay there overnight, go to the vet on tuesday and come home on the same day. It will be 4 hours of driving. 8 hours total in 2 days. Hopefully it's not so stressful for him....
 

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That's a great sign the Weight gain i think. And fantastic that there has been no more vomiting!!
Hope he us already recovering. But with birds its best to be extremely cautious.
 
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Thank you i will keep an eye on him for sure.... i will keep you guys update too i don't see any other signs of sickness except that watery poop. Should i give him veggie chop again? I haven't gave him veggie chop since the day he threw up. I boil broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, and yellow squash before i serve them to him. I also add some dry dates.
 

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