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Red face Poop change

My budgies are about 9-10 weeks old, their not showing any clear signs of illness but their poop has changed. It use to be black and white but the black has turned a dark green colour, and sometimes it looks slightly wetter than usual but I think that's only when they drink so that could be the cause. The change in colour is what really worries me.

I've told my mum and she's said that if anyone here thinks something may be wrong I can take them to the vet, I've only had one budgie before so we're still new to it all. Are they sick? What else could be the cause?

I feed them a high quality seed based diet, the petshop is reluctant to sell pellets because their superficial but I can get some if I need to, I do give them veg when I can and they love it.


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Old 03-02-2017, 06:52 AM
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Hello,
Your budgies are still very young so it is likely they are still getting used to their surroundings and they're still a little nervous in their new home. Changes in poo can be a sign of illness but it can also be a sign of stress, very common with budgies going to a new home. Young budgies who don't eat enough can get green poop.
Usually my boys poo changes to green when they have eaten vegetables. You say you feed them vegetables so does it correspond with that - have they been eating the ones you provide? I've recently been upping the amount of vegetables they receive and so their poo is green quite often.

The urine part of the poo looks to still be a white colour which is a good sign that its nothing more serious.

I personally would keep an eye on them but as i said, they are still young and new to you and I don't see anything here that I didn't see with my new birdies when they came home.
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I agree with Reggiebird, it could very well be triggered by stress, especially if they are budgies you just purchased. Another cause could be molting, do you know if they are?
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I've had them for 3 weeks so they may still be nervy I guess, I got them very young. I'll keep an eye on them, I may try giving them bowls instead of dispensers because the seed cuffs may be restricting the amount they can eat while I'm at college.

I'm not sure about moulting, I've found a few fluffy white feathers stuck to the bars of the cage and on the window so they may be.
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Old 03-02-2017, 08:58 AM
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You cannot miss molting. Besides extesive quanity of smal feathers you can see "spike" feather on your little one. Read this
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Their not moulting, apart from the occasional fluffy white feather that falls out during preening their not losing any feathers at all.
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While it may be stress related, it is always a good idea to have new budgies examined by an Avian Vet for a wellness check-up.

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.

Distinction between an Avian Vet and a Vet that "Will See Birds"

Having your new budgies examined by an Avian Vet allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet in case your birds need care for an injury or illness in the future. Additionally, it is always helpful for the vet to have a baseline for your birds to refer to should it need future treatment.
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Unfortunately there are no avian vets in my area, I believe the current vet my family use is Rase Vets In Market Rase | Vets In Grimsby | Vets In Louth. That's where my rabbit went after a fox attack but the budgies may end up going somewhere else.


Encase it is due to lack of food, because no-one will check the dispensers for cuffs while I'm at college, I've put the seed in a pot and filled the spare dispenser with water for now but may try filling it with pellets.

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Your food dispensers should be checked regularly for hulls. If you have the time, remove the feeder and blow gently on the seeds. The hulls will float away quickly.
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I don't know if this listing will be helpful for you but hopefully it will give you some options:

Avian Vets | Parrot Veterinary Services

While it is very challenging for people who live in countries with few Avian Vets, there are steps you can take to help ensure your budgies' health.

With the right motivation, you can work with a regular or veterinarian to get the proper care for your budgie(s).

You will want to do as much research as you can and learn as much about budgies and the best practices for their care so you can provide your little ones with the best possible life.

We have a member in India who has done this and has developed a great relationship with a regular vet.
With the member's research and the vet's collaboration, they have found ways of providing care for her budgie that she would have not been able to manage otherwise.

When you develop a good relationship with a regular veterinarian, that individual can collaborate via telephone or Skype with Avian Veterinarians in areas of the country,if necessary, to get assistance in appropriate diagnosing and prescribing treatment for your Avian companions.

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