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Whats wrong with his poop?

Scorpi0

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So about 2 days ago I noticed my male budgie’s droppings didnt look normal. I was thinking its because he had eaten too much romaine lettuce. So I didnt feed him any lettuce or greens since yesterday to see if if would go back to normal but I checked again today and its still the same. His diet has always been a mix of seeds and pellets. Hes very active and eats, flies around the house, and chirps as usual. Can you guys tell whats going on from how his droppings look?
The first picture are all his droppings overnight where he slept.(disregard the normal poop, thats not his).
The second picture is a fresh dropping he just left on my hand.

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Does your bird have access to cuttlefish bone?
 

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All I can say at this time is I agree. Remove the Cuttlefish bone and any mineral blocks. You should see a change within 24 hours. Other than any illness the poop colour and texture can reflect what they're eating.
 

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Ok. Thanks for the help guys! I’ll remove their cuttlebone and mineral blocks and hopefully it improves. It does look like theyve been going pretty crazy on the cuttlebone lately. I’ll update with any results.
 

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Alright, so its been 2 full days without any cuttlebone or mineral block for him and I cant say I see any improvement in his droppings. This is from last night: A1E8312E-71ED-45D5-87B7-78BB492B4CF9.png

I did notice something though. I have a camera set up so I can watch their cage at all times. The camera has night vision and throughout the whole night I can see Chirpie’s eyes constantly open every few minutes as if he is nervous. He is the only one from all my birds which decides to sleep outside of the cage. Can it be possible he is always on alert from hearing random sounds at night and that is stressing him out??

Tonight I plan on having him sleep inside the cage and hoping that I see an improvement in his sleeping behavior and droppings.

What do you guys think?? Also, will the rest of the birds be fine going a few days without their cuttlebone and mineral block?
 
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Vet visit is scheduled for the 26th! Im gonna call a few other places and see if I can get an earlier appointment though.

Also, today I noticed that my bird drank a lot of water before nap time. He just stood over the bowl for a whole minute and took about 10 sips. Maybe hes just drinking excessive amounts of water? I did notice his droppings from last night were mostly watery but had a few solid ones in there.
 

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I'm glad you have a vet visit scheduled!

As to the mineral blocks and cuttlebone, they are not required for most birds that are eating a pelleted diet. They were a cheap way to fill in calcium deficiency in birds eating an all seed diet. They can be fun for them to chew but not necessary most of the time :) Dark leafy greens, some nuts and seeds have better forms of calcium anyways!

The excessive drinking could actually be another symptom of an illness, so it's hard to say.
 

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So the vet checked him out and said he looks fine but wasnt sure why his droppings are watery. She gave me a bottle of probiotic powder to sprinkle over their food everyday. And she sent out a sample of the poop to the lab to get tested. Im supposed to hear back from her sometime this week with the results.
Chirpie is still super active like he always is. If it werent for his droppings, you would never know something isnt right. Also, it looks like whatever he had has been passed on to 2 of my other birds. Their droppings seem to be a little watery too now, but not as bad as Chirpie’s. They dont have any change in behavior either, so at least thats good.
Im hoping those lab results come back quick.

His pals trying to rescue him after I locked him up:
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