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Eating poop !!
« on: June 25, 2010, 08:17:29 AM »

Gary has started eating his poo - he's never done it before but suddenly everytime he poo's when he's out of his cage, he immediately turns round and sticks his beak in it. is this a sign of something? is it harmful? help ............ thanks xx
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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2010, 08:32:55 AM »

Ive never heard of it? Im sure someone will be able to help though!
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2010, 08:35:34 AM »

I think eating their own poop means they're deficient in something, but Irina would know more :flowers:
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Re: Eating poop !!
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2010, 08:39:01 AM »

OMG !
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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2010, 08:55:02 AM »

Don't panic! I only think,  I don't know for sure! :flowers: :flowers:
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Re: Eating poop !!
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2010, 09:00:14 AM »

i thought it too though !!!! - hurry up Irina, i don't want to google it cos it will tell me conflicting things depending on which site i go on
i'll just wait for Dr. Irina  :rofl:
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« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2010, 09:17:11 AM »

I've just had a quick look, and it can be down to a lack of minerals, but there could be another reason too.

What food does Gary eat?

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Re: Eating poop !!
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2010, 09:37:36 AM »

well i must be the luckiest person ion the world because he will eat ANYTHING and is not in the least bit fussy
he is still on a seed diet BUT i am awaiting delivery of pellets, but he is only given a small amount each day and it's in the evening after he's had his fresh stuff
in a typical day he would have for breakfast,  2 grapes, passion friut, slice of apple, cucumber, celery, brocolli, carrot. then at teatime he would have a different mix of fruit and veg (pineapple, green beans,bean shoots, sweetcorn, coconut, kiwi etc) and in the eve his seed. he will also in the day time have 2 or 3 treats which might be a dried apricot, the crust off some toast and a couple of monkey nuts. probably 3 or 4 times a week he will have some rice or pasta or mashed pots and swede instead of his 2nd lot of veg
AM I DOING IT WRONG  :nono:  :cry2:  :cry2:  :cry2:
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« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2010, 10:08:44 AM »

you might have a little bit too much fruit there hun.  I think green veg are good.  Also the soaked pulses etc are also good.  Be careful of the monkey nuts too apparently they can be bad too!
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« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2010, 10:29:28 AM »

You're doing fine, just cut back on the fruit a bit and increase the veg, fruit should be given as treats :thumbsup:

Pellets will give Gary all the nutrients he needs :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

You're doing a great job :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :cheekkiss:
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Re: Eating poop !!
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2010, 03:17:20 PM »

ok less fruit, bit more veg - but would that be cause for mineral deficiency ???
he does like spinach and sprouts, which i forgot to add so that makes it look better  :thumbsup:
i sprinkle the daily essential stuff on his fresh food which says it has 'avian vitamins and limiting amino acids plus rapisorb and trace minerals' (what the hell ????) and he has calcium drops on once per week unless i give him a chunk of cheese?? his water is changed every day (sometimes twice) i remove food that he's dropped after a few hours, he gets lots of exercise. i'm having a major crisis of ability now.  :panic:  :panic: - but he looks well, is talking and whistling, eating well, playing -( i'm talking myself down now)
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« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2010, 04:36:09 PM »

ive been googling - i googled 'african grey eating poop' and my own thread on here came up ???? - not very helpful
so i tried again and it says it may be a choline deficiency and should add brewers yeasdt to food?? i don't know what choline is? or if i want to give Gary brewers yeast. any idea anyone?
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« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2010, 08:54:29 PM »

Brewers yeast is meant to be very good, Irina will be able to advise you  on that :thumbsup:

You are doing a great job, so stop worrying :thumbsup: You could always PM Irina to find out for sure :thumbsup:
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Re: Eating poop !!
« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2010, 09:08:26 PM »

Irina already uses the brewers yeast
take a look here
http://www.african-grey-parrots.co.uk/parrot-forum/index.php?topic=8697.0
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« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2010, 09:10:02 PM »

 Mandy :ty  :cheekkiss:
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Re: Eating poop !!
« Reply #15 on: June 25, 2010, 09:53:20 PM »

My cockatiel stan god bless use to eat his own poop, it meant he was deficient in certain vitamins xx Dusty went for one on her stand the other day and i told her no lol just think she was really hungry at this point not that i starve her lol It could be behavioural or lacking vitamins xx
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« Reply #16 on: June 25, 2010, 09:58:45 PM »

Rachel, on top of what already was said i would suggest adding some probiotics to his diet, like Potent Brew from Birdcare company (same company as calcivet). Once you get the pellets and he eats them stop giving any additional synthetic supplements (daily essential and calcivet), but keep giving him Potent Brew (in water, or directly in beak or on a piece of food he will eat whole), and try brewers's yeast, it definitely won't harm. You can get it from Holland and Barret. It is a great source of B vitamins in general and this is something some animals search for in poop (like for rabbits it is normal to eat some of their poops), also it could be a sign of malabsorption and indigestion which results in malabsorption - in both cases, Brewer's yeas will be beneficial and Potent Brew should help to sort the problem out. If in a couple of weeks he doesn't stop take him to your avian vet for an exam,
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« Reply #17 on: June 26, 2010, 08:44:15 AM »

that's great, no car over the weekend so will sourse on Monday
will let you know how it goes
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« Reply #18 on: June 26, 2010, 08:52:27 AM »

Best of luck :flowers:
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