Checking your bird's droppings is a way to monitor its health. Some changes should be a cause for concern whereas others - particularly during conversion to a formulated diet - may be expected.
Always consult your veterinarian if you have any concerns.
Clean white paper or other smooth surfaces can be used to collect your bird's droppings.
The normal appearance of the faeces is usually soft and brown when the bird is eating a formulated diet but may be abnormally dry and black, yellow or green with a seed diet. A change in the faeces may therefore be noticed during conversion to a formulated diet.
The urine may be increased in amount due to excess consumption of fruits and vegetables.
urates are creamy white waste from the kidneys and are often suspended
in the liquid urine or are 'wrapped around' the faeces.
Any colour change in the urates is abnormal.
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