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Old 01-20-2016, 03:20 PM
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I am wondering if you can help me.

My nearly 14 yo son and I went to large pet store in Sydney (Australia) yesterday and put a deposit on a cinnamon lorikeet. I have been researching since then and I am feeling quite nervous about the poos! I had no idea what I was in for - and not sure whether we should go ahead. But having said that we are animal lovers and committed to care for the life time of any pet we take on. I have always had dogs and done foster care of rescue dogs by way of example.

However, the bird is to be my son's with me as back-up. He's a pretty good kid but busy as I am with school, work and sport etc. Not sure if we'll be able to clean the cage everyday. I am also anxious about where to house a large cage where poos won't projectile into places hard to clean etc. Ihad thought that we would be able to have bird inside (as well as outside at times) if we get a cage which is on a stand or otherwise portable.

I saw on YouTube where someone had wrapped glad wrap around the lower bottom of the cage to reduce the escape. Do you think this is viable and would it have any effect?

I also saw mention on other forums about lining some of the cage with perspex but not sure how this would work either.

I can't even picture how the whole poo thing works - we have loads of native wild lorikeets here in Westleigh (near Hornsby) and never seen them do it.

And very interested to find the right food. The bird has been hand-reared on high sugar feed which doesn't sound great to me. I would prefer to feed less refined sugars because of the effect high sugar diet can have on the bird's behaviour.

If you have time to chat I would REALLY appreciate it.

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Many people have issues with Lorikeet poo's but they are such great birds that we learn to cope with it. While the glad wrap sounds like a good idea it really isn't as the birds could chew it and that would be dangerous if they ingest it. The perspex is a much better idea as they can not chew that as easily. When we chat I can put you in touch with one of our Parrot Club members who owns a perspex factory in Sydney and can cut the perspex to size for your particular cage. I usually recommend going to Bunnings and getting painting drop sheets and put one up on the wall behind the cage and another on the floor under the cage. These can then be replaced or sponged down easily and they are cheap, especially if replacing regularly rather than cleaning.

Lorikeets are not seed eaters they are pollen and nectar feeders so their diet in the wild is high in natural sugars. Unfortunately to keep them in captivity we cannot get enough of their wild diet to give them so have to use an artificial pollen and nectar and this also needs to have some form of sweetener in it. In my mix I use Raw Sugar and Dextrose Monohydrate powder to supply the sweetness. The high sweetness in their wild diet is why Lorikeets are so hyper and this is one of the endearing characteristics about them that we love. In the Northern Territory they have a tree with the common name of Drunken Parrot Tree. This tree produces so much nectar that it actually drips from the flowers. When it is flowering the birds really pig out on it and because it has so much nectar it starts to ferment before they can eat it all. The lorikeets actually get drunk on it and the vet surgeries up there have drunk tanks where people bring any lorikeets they find who cannot fly and have difficulty walking and they are put in the tanks to sober up before being re-released.

There is so much more information that I can give but it is far too much to put here in a thread. Hope we can talk soon on the phone.
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Many people have issues with Lorikeet poo's but they are such great birds that we learn to cope with it. While the glad wrap sounds like a good idea it really isn't as the birds could chew it and that would be dangerous if they ingest it. The perspex is a much better idea as they can not chew that as easily. When we chat I can put you in touch with one of our Parrot Club members who owns a perspex factory in Sydney and can cut the perspex to size for your particular cage. I usually recommend going to Bunnings and getting painting drop sheets and put one up on the wall behind the cage and another on the floor under the cage. These can then be replaced or sponged down easily and they are cheap, especially if replacing regularly rather than cleaning.

Lorikeets are not seed eaters they are pollen and nectar feeders so their diet in the wild is high in natural sugars. Unfortunately to keep them in captivity we cannot get enough of their wild diet to give them so have to use an artificial pollen and nectar and this also needs to have some form of sweetener in it. In my mix I use Raw Sugar and Dextrose Monohydrate powder to supply the sweetness. The high sweetness in their wild diet is why Lorikeets are so hyper and this is one of the endearing characteristics about them that we love. In the Northern Territory they have a tree with the common name of Drunken Parrot Tree. This tree produces so much nectar that it actually drips from the flowers. When it is flowering the birds really pig out on it and because it has so much nectar it starts to ferment before they can eat it all. The lorikeets actually get drunk on it and the vet surgeries up there have drunk tanks where people bring any lorikeets they find who cannot fly and have difficulty walking and they are put in the tanks to sober up before being re-released.

There is so much more information that I can give but it is far too much to put here in a thread. Hope we can talk soon on the phone.
Kate, you are so knowledgeable
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Thanks for these three replies. Kate I am looking forward to talking with you when convenient.

No, I do not have a budgie

I just googled bird forums and lorikeet and got a hit for the budgie forum.

So posted under "other birds". I guess I got lucky finding such helpful people.

Thanks again, I will read the general information on cages etc.

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Hello I am sure with Kate's guidance you will be fine. But you have got me wondering ...... What is the problem with their poo?
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Thanks for the question.

Lorikeets project their poo out of their cage up to 1 metre away in all directions. I appreciate that all bird species do poo and there is some mess associated with it BUT lorikeets are labelled as more messy than most. Even by those who are big fans.

I'm an animal lover but I'm a relative newbie at birds (history of dogs, cats, rabbits, reptiles) as is my 14 yo son. We're not really keen to be wiping our internal house walls down all the time to be clear of poo. Ditto the floor. I'm not even sure where in my house I could accommodate a large bird cage where the liquid poo won't stain furnishings / floors etc. I've read that they poo about every 15 minutes in or out of cage and especially when out of the cage, I want to understand if the poo will stain furnishings, clothes, carpets etc.

I work part-time and my son is at school and we have other commitments re. other pets, sports etc. - we can commit to cleaning the water, food and paper sheet on the bottom tray each day but realisitically we won't be able to fully clean the cage everyday. I was envisioning doing this once a week.

We also take pet ownership as for life so we're asking all this now so we can make an informed decision.

I hope that explains where we're coming from.
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WOW that is definitely worth considering, thankyou for explaining it to me.
I know with my budgie cages using a steam cleaner is great as it is safe , no chemicals and easy to use. Also gets hardened poop of relatively easy.
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Hi there and to the forum section currently named "Talk Lorikeets"

I'm also amazed at how much our members know and I'm glad Kate is able to offer you some assistance

Cathy, I admit when I heard this I Googled "Lorikeet poo" also and am rather amused to discover their interesting "talent"

I hope all goes well and we look forward to seeing your lorrie around here, when he/she comes home

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Yeah their poo can be really projectile, depending on the brand of food they are given. And it can be done in any direction including directly up. They also like bathing and will get absolutely drenched. And it doesn't matter what type of water container they have, I have seen them get drenched from a tube water container. Cold weather is also no dampener on their bathing, just the frequency. I have seen mine break ice on the top of the water bowl to jump in and have a bath.
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