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Hi.

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I've had my male budgie since he was a baby, for 5 years now. My budgie has always had black fecal matter ever since I can remember, maybe green once in a while. He also has the white bits in his droppings. Which I hear is good, however, not good on the coal black. I hear this is likely illness or nutritional deficiency, although I haven't found much info on the topic. I'm very concerned, being that I love him to death and on, and I want him happy.

Questions:
Is black / white feces a problem? Should I feed him a different diet, more raw foods? Supplements?

Diet:
I feed him sprouted canary grass seeds, about a tbsp & a half a day, sesame seeds, pinch of millet once a week, tbsp of brown rice 2x a week, and leafy greens daily (2 or so leaves get ingested) + thumb of fruit once a week.

Changes: He used to eat a lot of millet + same on the vegetables, but was consuming maybe 75% seed for about 4 years.

Behavior:
He's always sassy, chirpy, mobile. He lost his mate many months ago, and has seemed to recover nicely - except he's frightened more easily, and I suspect he wants a friend. Sometimes I notice him fluffed up, shaky, sleepy. But when I talk to him, he's fine again.... within minutes.


Thanks,
Jenn

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Are the feces dark in color after drying or right away? My budgies feces are a much darker almost black green once they dry but are green when fresh

maybe you could post a picture and I'm sure the experts will be around to help answer your questions better!
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Are the feces dark in color after drying or right away? My budgies feces are a much darker almost black green once they dry but are green when fresh

maybe you could post a picture and I'm sure the experts will be around to help answer your questions better!
Good question! It's hard for me to tell because of the newspaper I use at the bottom of his cage. However, I'll check this asap. Thank you so much for your time.
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when I try to monitor my fids droppings I use as white/grey newspaper I can, or even plain white computer paper.. that really helps to determine the color
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when I try to monitor my fids droppings I use as white/grey newspaper I can, or even plain white computer paper.. that really helps to determine the color
I will do this tomorrow. Thank you, ^_^. <3
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Hi Jenn!

A picture would help to better determine if there is cause for worry or not, as Lacey mentioned

Birds who eat primarily seeds will have dark greenish black droppings by default

I hope your little one is just fine!
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Hi Jenn!

A picture would help to better determine if there is cause for worry or not, as Lacey mentioned

Birds who eat primarily seeds will have dark greenish black droppings by default

I hope your little one is just fine!
Thank you, Starling. You're all such great people. He definitely has dark greenish black droppings, but I wouldn't consider him a primarily seed eater. I give him about a tablespoon of sprouted seeds daily, and he'll eat about 2-3 tablespoons worth of vegetables in a day, if I'm lucky. What color droppings are ideal?
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