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Old 02-25-2015, 06:20 PM
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This morning Lyla came out like she does every morning, and I weighed her quickly like I always do. When I first put her on the perch on the scale, the perch feel over and she took a trip around the room and landed on the play place. Almost immediately after landing, she let our this GIGANTIC poop. I'm talking big parrot poo size. It is easily bigger around than a pea, and about an inch long. Good size and consistency, and color was good for the poo and urate. What could've caused this massive poo from her?

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Is she showing signs of laying eggs again still and/or spending most of her time in a box? That is normally the only reason for unusually large droppings in a hen.

Does she still have a nest box now that her present eggs are infertile or DIS?
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It doesn't seem like she's been getting ready to lay again. Yes the next box is still there, or vet said to leave them there until she really looses interest in them. But I'm just not sure about that. It seems she has lost interest, being that she spends a great deal of time now outside the box.
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It doesn't seem like she's been getting ready to lay again. Yes the next box is still there, or vet said to leave them there until she really looses interest in them. But I'm just not sure about that. It seems she has lost interest, being that she spends a great deal of time now outside the box.
No offence against vets as they are very educated in illnesses, injuries etc, but being as they are not breeders and most have never ever raised a single chick of any bird species... they often do not give the best (or even logical for that matter) breeding advice when it really comes down to it

As someone who has raised budgies for 15+ years I can tell you this: If she is healthy and you do not want her to immediately another clutch definitely remove the box as soon as possible. There is absolutely no reason at all to leave the box up and it will accomplish no good at all for her mentally or physically, I can promise you that

Budgies are opportunistic breeders, so as long as she has adequate food, light and breeding circumstances her body is going to tell her to keep breeding. They will only stop when they have inadequate hormone levels, or they do not have the ideal physical circumstances. Those my friend, are the facts. Ask any experienced breeder who takes the time to actually pay attention to their birds and they will tell you the same
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As an inexperienced breeder, LOL , of an unintentional clutch , I can tell you from my experience with a hen that WANTS to procreate all the time, the ONLY way I've found is to do as Lindsey and others here have told me.... take away all the stuff that make circumstances conducive to breeding. Lemony even shreds carrots when I feed them to her (to make a nest)... so, I've learned with this one little unintended pair, I had to take away the shreddables and anything that could possibly be a nest. I even changed the food/water dishes,, as she looked at them longingly (I made that part up.. she didn't)..
So... absolutely not an expert, but now an expert with my 2 goofballs, that this advice saved me from pulling out my hair and probably Lemony's health.
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I just double and triple checked the eggs to make darn sure that they are in fact DIS. They are . So the nest box is coming out today!

Now, back to the topic of the thread! Is the abnormally ginormous poop anything to worry about? As I said before, it was about pea sized in diameter, and about an inch or so long. It was massive.
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I don't think its anything to worry about. My bird tends to have a particularly large poop first thing in the morning (even though he poops through out the night of course). I suspect, for him at least, its just part of his normal routine.
I suppose you could look at it like when you first get up and go to the bathroom to pee, somedays its just a little and sometimes its so much you think to yourself "when did I have that much to drink! Am I dying?!" but you feel such relief that you stop questioning it and go and get your first cup of coffee instead.
Maybe your girl just had an extra large dinner the night before? I think if that is the only symptom and nothing else seems off about her I'd just go get a another cup of coffee
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As Lindsey said " it is a sign of egg laying is about to begin " in this case I hope not.
Let's hope she was eating a lot during the night Kristen.
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