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