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If a bird is eating only pellets the fecal portion of the droppings tends to be on the brownish side, eating pellets may also cause them to drink more water. Some birds do not poop much overnight and you might see a few big blobs of droppings first thing in the morning. It is always a good idea to take a new bird to an avian vet for a check up when you initially get them, at that time they can test the droppings for bacteria, fungal organisms and parasites and treat the issue if any, before it becomes worse.
 

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Also, quick question, would perching on one foot be an accurate indicator of how the budgie is feeling? Or is it possible for them to fake that as well, considering how they have to hide their discomfort if they're sick in the wild?
Not necessarily, they will often perch on one foot while they sleep. However if a bird is holding its foot up and it is not during sleep it could be an indication that something is painful, could be a number of issues involving the leg or foot.
 
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