So in March I got a new female budgie, and she’s adorable! One thing I did notice was that her vent was HORRIBLY dirty. Most of her feathers were missing down there, and the ones that were left were stained with poop.
Not long after the discovery, I discovered why. Every time she did her business, instead of it falling into the bottom of the cage, it would get stuck in her feathers. It would stay there and wouldn’t fall off, so I’m always the one who has go clean her.
This still happens to this day, it’s been occurring ever since I got here (and probably happened in the pet shop too) I didn’t think anything of it, but today I found a CLUSTER of poop just hanging there (pretty gross) and I realized this wasn’t going to stop anytime soon.
I’m not sure if it’s an illness, she doesn’t know how to clean herself properly, or if her feathers are in the way? I don’t think her feathers are in the way, because she still has some bald spots on her vent. I don’t know if it’s an illness, because her poop seems normal (green, white spot in the middle, not runny) (at least I think it’s normal because her boyfriend’s is also like that)
Im surprised she hasn’t gotten an infection yet, and she also doesn’t seem sick, she’s very active and loves to mess around with things (also squabble with her partner, but later cuddle with him) does anyone know what might be the problem? I’ll be attaching some pictures below if they help!
This is not normal, there are many things that can effect the droppings, and she should be examined by an avian vet and the droppings need to be tested for various things such as infection, parasites etc. the longer you allow this to go on without having her examined you risk the chance of her becoming really ill if it is something that needs to be treated with an antibiotic, antifungal or some other medicine. If it gets to the point where it clumps around her vent and does not allow anything to pass that is a dangerous situation. What type of diet is she eating?
Currently she is only on a budgie seeds diet from our local pet shop, and I sometimes feed both of them fruits and vegetables (strawberries, mangoes, and lettuce are the ones they like, they’re really picky). Could it be the diet? I’m not sure since both my budgies eat the same pellets and fruits, and my male is fine.
Does not sound like the diet is the problem, I would take her to the vet for an exam, if she does have an infection of some sort it may be passed to your other bird, if it is an issue with digestion not related to an infection of some sort, adding an avian probiotic to her diet may help but I would want the vets assessment of what is causing the problem to begin with.
I agree with Cody. Your budgie needs to be seen by an Avian Vet for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment.
This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.
If there are no Avian Vets near you, please find an Exotic Pet Veterinarian with experience in dealing with small birds.
Having your budgie examined by an Avian Vet allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet in case your bird needs care for an injury or illness in the future. Additionally, it is always helpful for the vet to have a baseline for your bird to refer to should it need future treatment.
Avian vet as suggested is the best idea.
Side suggestion, include some fresh fruit/veg every day or 2, some excellent ideas are, Spinach, carrot, apple, celery.... spinach (green leaf) is the most important for vitamin's. I rotate spinach, carrot, celery, every 1-2 days, with trill Honeysticks every 2-4 weeks.... another suggestion is to "teach your budgie how to bathe"... lots of youtube video's on the subjects.....