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Old 11-03-2019, 11:45 PM
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Default Sick Budgie or Stress/Diet?

I got another budgie yesterday at a bird show (will introduce later). I brought him home and got him set up in his cage. I have noticed that all his poops are runny and green with slightly less runny black stuff. Here is a picture: https://imgur.com/EFmoDo8

Is this a sign of illness? I know that stress can affect droppings and diet too. He has only eaten a few seeds since he came and has not been very active. However, everything is so new. Maybe he needs another day to settle in. I have only had him here 24 hours. I plan to take him to the vet soon for his first checkup but wonder if I need to make it even sooner.

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Congratulations on your new buddy. Sounds like the new home jitters, it is quite common for the droppings to be abnormal when you first bring a bird home, this is usually due to stress. To minimize the stress it can be helpful to keep the cage covered on the top and 3 sides. He may be almost motionless and not eat much for the first few days until he figures out you are his friend. Do you have knowledge of what he was being fed previous to you getting him, if so it would be advisable to continue that same food at first. A well birdie check is a good idea but I think you can wait until he is a bit more settled in. The exception to that would be if you see the sick bird look which would mean he would be puffed up all the time and spending most of the time sleeping or if you see any vomiting or labored breathing. Can't wait to meet him.
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Cody,

Thanks for your response and sharing your knowledge. I thought it was probably stress but then become the anxious birdy mama and worry it is something worse. The little man is indeed sitting very still and not eating much but is not fluffed up or on the bottom of the cage and stays awake. He even ground his beak yesterday a few times.

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If he's grinding then he must be comfortable during that time. If you are worried about him not eating try offering him a small bit of millet.
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Cody has given you such excellent advice there is nothing for me to add.
I'm sure Peridot will be settling in soon since he is already grinding his beak!
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