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Old 04-16-2017, 02:37 PM   #1
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Won't stop eating poo?

Hi all,
My little Ella seems to have a strange obsession with her poo.. I try to clean it out, but she always goes for her dried poo. I've read that she could be deficient in nutrients, but my question is, is this dangerous? Can she get sick from it?
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You're right that the root of this behavior (nutrient deficiency, etc) might need to be evaluated, but to answer your question, it's not outright harmful.

If she's had an infection that has since cleared, picking at old poop could potentially reintroduce these pathogens, but if she's healthy, it's just an unsavory habit.
Is she actually eating the poop or just picking at it? A lot of birds seem to like "cleaning" their perches or cages and I don't think this behavior is really considered coprophagy.
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Old 04-16-2017, 11:15 PM   #3
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Glad to hear it's not dangerous! She's not cleaning her perches I don't think, as she'll try and stuck her face through the bottom of her cage to get at the poo sometimes.
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Hi!
I asked the same question to my avian vet and he said, " As long as the bird has been in good health, it is okay for him/her to do so."

Bogie eats his every once in a while, but I had parakeets that cleaned up their poo doo all the time. It was always dry.

Our birds are the original cleaner-uppers!
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While Levi loves making messes, he will also try to clean up (he's such a good boy!) by picking up and crunching dried poop off his perches, or if he sees a bit on the table or his playstand, etc. I don't think they're eating it, just cleaning up.
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she'll try and stuck her face through the bottom of her cage to get at the poo sometimes.

Wow, someone is DETERMINED!! Hahah!!
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Glad to hear it's not dangerous! She's not cleaning her perches I don't think, as she'll try and stuck her face through the bottom of her cage to get at the poo sometimes.
Wow weird.
I never heard the nutrient thing. I've only occasionally seen my birds eat a poo. Jasper cleans his all the time I try to tell him he's not helping me. My vet also said it's normal sometimes, all animals eat their poo now and then. Melody has been known to fling it at me.
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I've seen Micah pick at it occasionally, though not often. And he hasn't started flinging his poo yet (he's not allowed to talk to Melody!) but I swear he flies to me whenever he needs to go...
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