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#420006 - 11/09/11 06:13 PM Parakeets eating their own poop.
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We recently got 2 parakeets, kept them apart from each other for about a month in order to allow them to bond with us. We just put them together a few days ago and I have noticed the one is eating the others dried poop. This morning there was a few droppings under where one bird stayed perched all night and now, this afternoon the dried poop is gone. After I kept an eye on them for a little I noticed the one bird actually picking the dried poop off and eating it. We have 2 males, one green and one blue and it seems as if the green is eating the blue ones poop. I have never noticed the green one eating his own poop when he was alone but now I see him eating the blue ones poop. Is this bad, do we need to be concerned?

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#420009 - 11/09/11 06:56 PM Re: Parakeets eating their own poop. [Re: zimm226]
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yes you do need to be concerned...what is their diets like

...and when you kept them apart ...which YOU SHOULD DO until you know their genders for sure...i would STRONGLY recommend keeping them apart...

was the one doing this eating its own poop???

please keep them separate...you dont want issues down the road for sure at trying to separate them should they be opposite sexes and then start to breed or a female goes into egg laying mode...(very dangerous)
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#420011 - 11/09/11 08:31 PM Re: Parakeets eating their own poop. [Re: zimm226]
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We have been feeding them seeds(nederlands brand, vita see for parakeets). We also give them millet every now and then.
We are almost positive these are both males, from what we have read and seen online they are both males according to their cere which is blueish/purplish. The green one which is the only one I have noticed eating the droppings was NOT eating his own poop before when he was by himself. Even tonight, when I posted the first post at 6:15 the blue one had a few droppings under where he was perched and now we just got back from dinner 2 hours later and the poop is gone... so I am pretty sure the green one ate it again.

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#420012 - 11/09/11 09:15 PM Re: Parakeets eating their own poop. [Re: zimm226]
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well certainly you know this isnt normal for anything...so please separate them again for sure ...how old are these birds...

do you feed any veggies....AT ALL...they really need veggies...and if they havent started on them its time for sure...and just keep offereing them as well...not lettuce its junk and not chard ...give them some carrot or beet leafs or sweet potatoe...

really want to know how old they are tho...an as i said best to separate this is such not a normal thing...

stop the millet too....thats also not good for them and besides they get millet in their food already but the spray millet dont bother with it...get them veggies instead...try a bit of fruit altho most keets really wont eat fruit you do occasionally find the odd one who will .. orange is good or apple BUT NOT SEEDS OR THE CORE...remove the peel of course...

im also willing to bet you dont have a "unflavored" mineral block in that cage...get one right away if you dont..and is your water treated that you know of in any way...if your not sure ...when you go to get a mineral block buy a gallon of pure spring water for them

oh and btw...

WELCOME ABOARD smile



Edited by illusive Fantasy (11/09/11 09:17 PM)
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#420040 - 11/11/11 04:18 PM Re: Parakeets eating their own poop. [Re: zimm226]
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Zimm, Illusive always has great keet advice, so i'd just follow her instructions ASAP. smile Let us know how it goes.
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#420073 - 11/13/11 05:46 AM Re: Parakeets eating their own poop. [Re: zimm226]
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Registered: 10/20/04
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Dear zimm226 -

Welcome to our forums, we are happy to have you!

Poop eating is generally a sign of a mineral deficiency. The parakeet is seeking to supplement his mineral intake naturally.

Add mineral blocks to your cage, and let us know if that helps! Then we can help from there!
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#420074 - 11/13/11 05:59 AM Re: Parakeets eating their own poop. [Re: zimm226]
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Zimm226 -

Here is my page with more details on why parakeets tend to eat their poop.

http://www.lisashea.com/petinfo/recipes/parakeetpoop.html

Let us know if you have any questions.
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