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fergusburger
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 1:25 am    Post subject: Droppings

Hi all,

You know, I've realised that I have never read anywhere what a normal kakariki dropping looks like! What colour and consistency should it be, based on a standard healthy diet?

The reason I ask is, I noticed a post here while searching for something else mentioning watery droppings. My kakariki's droppings have always been sort of watery- should they be more like a cockatiel's droppings, all firm?

They've been that way since I got him, and he has always been very active, so I never really thought about it...

Leah.
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Peter
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 2:58 am    Post subject:

Hi Leah,

Bird droppings consist of 3 components. The first portion is called the feces which is brown to darkgreen. The second portion is called the urates and must be white. The third is called the urine. This is the watery waste component of the kidneys.

A dominant watery component does not necessarily means diarrhea but can be the result of a higher intake of vegetables an/or fruit.


http://www.exoticpetvet.net/avian/droppings.html
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 12:51 pm    Post subject:

Thanks Peter, that pretty much confirms what I thought. I knew what to look for in a cockatiel, but didn't know what was normal for a kakariki. I'd say he's pretty right... he gets a diet high in fruit and celery, so I'd assume his water intake is pretty high. The main part of his dropping is pretty firm, so I'd say everything is normal.

Thanks very much.
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