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Yesterday Trickee started having unusual poop. I noticed it started from more yellow urine around the poop and it was a black tar consistency. Then later on it became plain white and then after he ate it went back to normal. It keeps switching but mostly last night he had just normal except darker green poops with a little bit of urine. Today it seems like normal green color again with a little of brownish except some urine. He was also puffed up a lot yesterday and just wanted to sleep. He was eating, drinking, and preening like usual just a little more non-active. Today although he seems to have gotten better and is moving around a lot more. I just wonder if his diet of just seeds isn't enough and he is getting sick from not enough nutrients. He is also having his first molt at the moment too so I'm wondering if thats the reason why also.


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When birds start a molt, it’s not unusual to see them be a little under the weather. The dark poop usually indicates a lack of eating. Perhaps Trickee’s seed dish looked full, but it was only empty hulls?

Besides 1.5-2 teaspoons of seed per day for Trickee, addition of small pellets formulated for birds will help him get the nutrition he needs. You can try sticking some dark green leafy vegetables like Romaine lettuce or kale through the bars, carrots, sweet potato, bell pepper or red peppers. Most birds love corn and apples, and while they’re not as nutritious as the other veggies, it might get him interested in fresh foods. Some will accept larger chunks, others find they prefer very small chopped veggies in a dish.
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I tried feeding him spinach leaves but he took a few bites and then turned his head and didn't want anymore. I don't know if he likes it and was full or not. I've tried carrots and bananas and he had no interest but the spinach leaves was the first he actually took a bite out of. I only feed him seeds but around next Monday I will surely go buy pellets and get more fruits and vegetables for him to try. He just pooped a minute ago and it looked completely normal again. He is eating because there are empty seeds laying on top and some on the floor too. He was also eating millet earlier. The thing is he always picks through his food and only eats the normal seeds and not anything else. He has become interested in what I'm eating though. If he is on my shoulder he will kind of lean over or if he is somewhere else he will waddle over to where I am and look at it. He doesn't try to eat it but it seems like he smells it. Also is there any pellet, treat or seed recommendations that you have? I'm not sure what the actually "best" is because of many products that are actually bad for them.

UPDATE: I fed him some more spinach and he seemed to enjoy it. The only thing is that he thinks they are seeds and tries to spin the pieces in his mouth and try to open it. He also clacks his beak together trying to do so. Otherwise he likes it, and I put a leaf in his cage for him to eat. I have to go soon so I will see if he eats any by the time I get back.

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Many birds are very cautious of new foods and it can take some time before they will try something they have not had before so be patient and don't give up. There are many pellets on the market, a lot of people seem to have good luck with Zupreem when first introducing them to their bird(s). I use them and also Harrison's pellets. If you go with Zupreem get the ones for very small birds like the ones in this link https://www.drsfostersmith.com/produ...atid=6203&r=39 . It can take months to get a bird to even try pellets so make sure you continue to provide seeds and veggies. I chop up kale and romaine lettuce and add some grated carrots and put it in a dish and my birds love it. You can also offer some hard boiled egg or purchase egg food for some extra protein, helpful during a molt.
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Many birds are very cautious of new foods and it can take some time before they will try something they have not had before so be patient and don't give up. There are many pellets on the market, a lot of people seem to have good luck with Zupreem when first introducing them to their bird(s). I use them and also Harrison's pellets. If you go with Zupreem get the ones for very small birds like the ones in this link https://www.drsfostersmith.com/produ...atid=6203&r=39 . It can take months to get a bird to even try pellets so make sure you continue to provide seeds and veggies. I chop up kale and romaine lettuce and add some grated carrots and put it in a dish and my birds love it. You can also offer some hard boiled egg or purchase egg food for some extra protein, helpful during a molt.
I came home after a long trip about 3 hours. I sprinkled a bit of spinach leave pieces on his seeds. I came back and they were gone I thought he dug them deeper in the seeds but he actually ate it. He didn't touch he seeds though which I'm pretty sure he will later on tonight near his late dinner time. I'm still gonna try other fruits and vegetables though and see if theres maybe a weekly variety change I could have. I will probably start pellets and stuff next week sometime. But I'm trying to get him a schedule so he understands when he eats and stuff.
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Here are some pictures of the poop that he has done today and the complete urine has been that way since I got home. Maybe it's just the spinach that he ate I have no clue. I have no way of reaching a vet as for the 24 hour vet doesn't take birds and also most of the vets are closed even the avian vet which is way too far away. I'm turning towards the fact he probably has something wrong with his liver or kidneys. His diet of only seeds for about 3 weeks probably caused it. Especially "cheap" branded seeds, I'm hoping the damage isn't too bad and maybe switching up his diet could make it better. I checked his cage and found a pile of seeds and his spinach leave I left for him on top of it with bite marks. I think he enjoys the spinach so I will end up putting that in for now. I will also switch the brand of seeds and add pellets. He seems very happy and is interacting with head tilts and a bit of chirps every once in a while. He preens almost every 30 minutes and mostly sits and sleeps since there really isn't nothing to do. He also is beak grinding a lot tonight more than usual.
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It seems as his poop is a roller coaster. Switching from white to normal and it does that most of the day. I found his favorite vegetable for now is spinach I left a leaf in his cage and he willing ate it without being hand fed. After sleeping he seems more alert today and not fluffy. I'm pretty sure his poor diet and molting at the same time had lead to it. I've heard molting makes their immune system weaker so I suggest he isn't getting enough vitamins. I'll see if a new more healthier diet change will help him. I researched more about overweight birds and underweight birds. I felt his keel bone and it was really sharp. He is underweight and needs to eat more. I'm gonna try to addition more things and encourage him to eat more. I think he is eating less than he should. He is eating about half a teaspoon of seeds maybe even less.

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I've merged your two threads regarding Trickee's health and diet into one.
Please use this thread only for any additional updates regarding those topics.

If you are concerned about Trickee being underweight, add some flax seed to his seed mix as it is higher in fat content.

I'd also suggest you have him examined by an Avian Vet for a "well-birdie" checkup.

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.

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. If there are no Avian Vets in your area, then the next best option is an Exotic Pet Veterinarian who has experience dealing with small birds.

Avian Physical Examination

Nutritional Diseases

Healthy Diet for your Budgie

The key to a healthy diet for budgies is much the same as it is for humans and other animals. You are best to serve foods in moderation.

I would recommend you cut back on feeding spinach to once or twice a week.

Spinach and Parsley contain oxalic acid which binds to calcium, blocks the absorption of calcium and puts stress on the kidneys.
Too much oxalic acid can also cause poor blood clotting and convulsions in birds.

Other green leafy vegetables you can offer include:

kale
chard
collard greens
fresh beet greens
fresh mustard greens
fresh turnip greens
endive
romaine
watercress
fresh sprouts
chickweed and dandelion leaves (ensure they have not been chemically treated)

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I've merged your two threads regarding Trickee's health and diet into one.
Please use this thread only for any additional updates regarding those topics.

If you are concerned about Trickee being underweight, add some flax seed to his seed mix as it is higher in fat content.

I'd also suggest you have him examined by an Avian Vet for a "well-birdie" checkup.

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.

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. If there are no Avian Vets in your area, then the next best option is an Exotic Pet Veterinarian who has experience dealing with small birds.

Avian Physical Examination

Nutritional Diseases

Healthy Diet for your Budgie

The key to a healthy diet for budgies is much the same as it is for humans and other animals. You are best to serve foods in moderation.

I would recommend you cut back on feeding spinach to once or twice a week.

Spinach and Parsley contain oxalic acid which binds to calcium, blocks the absorption of calcium and puts stress on the kidneys.
Too much oxalic acid can also cause poor blood clotting and convulsions in birds.

Other green leafy vegetables you can offer include:

kale
chard
collard greens
fresh beet greens
fresh mustard greens
fresh turnip greens
endive
romaine
watercress
fresh sprouts
chickweed and dandelion leaves (ensure they have not been chemically treated)

I left him in his cage for more than usual so he could be able to eat and he has. He also is starting to make weird noises. Like a chirp and then a mumbled one. I think he is trying to learn how to sing because I heard him try earlier. Every so often he will open his mouth and try to sing. It comes out as a bit of a sing for about 30 seconds and then he stops.

I called the avian vet they suspect he probably is having liver issues because of bacteria or because of him being underweight. They said to wait and see if it continues and if it does to bring him in. But as far as I can tell he is getting better. His poop is back to normal for a longer period of time and has not switched at all today. He's more back to his usual self and is chirping, running around, and interacting with things. I am also starting a fund for the vet and I have plans to get him there so incase anything ever happens I will be prepared.

UPDATE: His poop has been completely normal today and I'm happy. Nothing weird has appeared and he's chirping and running around and eating like usual. I just got to keep it this way.

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Today has gone well, his poop has been completely normal nothing wrong at all. I've also devised a feeding schedule so he knows when to go back to his cage and eat. I want him to understand the routine of when its sleep time and when its time to come out or eat. I took him back to his cage every 2 hours and let him sit in there on his favorite perch or let him get food and a drink or so for about an hour and then he would either come out at the edge and wait for me to pick him up or I would come and get him. He has ate about 3-4 times today but after the first time I had to take the spinach out because thats all he was interested in and then after that he started to eat his seeds.
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