What are the Unmistakable Signs of Healthy Budgie Poop?

Last updated on April 25th, 2024 at 09:40 pm

Written by Isra P

Knowing the characteristics of healthy budgie poop is essential to determine the health state of your feathered friend.

All animals need to eat, and in consequence, they have to poop. Budgies are no exception. 

The waste they expel connects to their health.

The better the poop looks, the better they feel. But you might be thinking, “What does healthy poop for a bird looks like?” Well, good-looking poop (if there’s such a thing) should look and smell in a certain way.

When determining what healthy poop for a budgie is, many factors come into play.

Healthy droppings go beyond their color.

Frequency, amount, smell, texture, and consistency are all huge factors that you need to consider to determine how healthy or not your bird is.

It is also true that fecal matter is dependent on the type of food you provide to your budgie, so the characteristics of the droppings may change if you feed them different kinds of fruits, vegetables, or seeds.

Now, you should examine poop as often as you can. You shouldn’t avoid it even if you dislike it. Of course, it isn’t the most exciting task; still, the poop shall be studied!

Within a few days of watching your bird’s droppings, you should be able to tell what is expected and what isn’t.

Anything suspicious that deviates for too long from what you have seen may require taking your pet to a vet.

What is the right color?

Now, determining which is the right color for poop can be tricky. Remember, the poop’s color is sometimes dependent on the food consumed.

If the meal consists of red, green, or brown treats, you should expect to see some of those colors in the poop.

healthy budgie poop with a green tone

How do you know which is the right color for poop? You have to watch your bird’s poop for a few weeks and memorize it, taking into consideration all meals and snacks you usually give to your budgie.

If the color you are used to changes without modifying the diet and persists for some time, your pet could be experiencing health issues that need to be taken care of immediately.

Your budgie’s poop comprises several components: feces, urine, and urates. The feces are the solid part, the urine is liquid, and the urates have a cream-like appearance.

Generally speaking, the color of the feces should be grass or olive green. Eating lots of seeds promotes green poop.

If most of the diet consists of pellets, it could take on a brownish tone. Keep in mind, though, once the poop dries, it could turn almost black.

bird droppings

The urine or liquid part should be clear or transparent. The urates tend to be a shade of white.

Should it smell?

We all love our pets, even more so if their poop doesn’t smell. Yes, that’s right. So budgies poop should have little to no odor at all. That’s one of their most significant advantages.

Can you imagine? You would care a lot if your dog or cat poop over you, but if it’s your bird, not so much, giving extra points to budgies for being excellent pets. Of course, there is a scientific explanation for that fact.

Most budgies’ diets mainly consist of seeds, fruits, and vegetables.

The most notable element is the absence of meat. Meat protein contains many sulfur compounds, which produce a foul odor in poop.

bird seeds with vitamins

Moreover, other animals such as dogs and cats contain anal glands that generate a fair amount of foul smell. In addition to that, since birds lack a cecum, they won’t have fermentation in their guts, which means no smelly gas.

If at some point you perceive smell from your budgie’s droppings, that’s a telltale sign of a digestive problem or some infection.

Now, don’t stick your nose into your budgie’s droppings to know if it’s smelly or not, as that can be dangerous for you. But what you can do is keep an eye on your pets to verify if any unusual odors linger after they have done their business.

How big are they?

It is a good thing that budgies’ droppings aren’t that big.

Fortunately, the amount of waste produced and its volume depends on the bird’s size, which is typically relatively small.

Tiny budgies produce tiny droppings, and larger ones generate well…larger ones. That’s to be expected.

Any dramatic increase or decrease in the amount of poop may be a sign that your bird is struggling with a health issue.

Which is the appropriate consistency?

As a rule, budgies’ droppings remain almost identical when expelled until they dry. Thus, there should be virtually no change in the shape.

Even if the poop is soft, there is no reason for it to fall apart once it has been dropped. 

Generally speaking, the texture of the poop should be similar to toothpaste, but not like tar.

Now, it is possible for a sudden change in the waste’s texture if you have introduced them to new fruits and veggies.

The same can occur by simply giving them different seeds than they are used to.

Is it completely solid?

Unlike other animals, budgies’ poop is not dry. It is composed of equal amounts of feces, urates, and a moderate amount of urine. 

Feces and urates are primarily solid, while the urine, as you may imagine, is liquid.

These three components must be in similar proportions every time a budgie poops.

There should be enough urine to make it look slightly wet, but not too much.

The poop should be soft to come out of the vent with ease, and at the same time, should be firm enough to retain its shape after it has been dropped.

How often does it occur?

One thing that everyone can agree about budgies is that they poop a lot. On average, you can expect them to do it from 40 to 50 times a day. 

This massive excretion occurs to their high metabolism, allowing them to digest their food quickly.

Furthermore, since they have to keep themselves light to fly, the evacuation has to occur frequently. That way, they can escape their predators much quicker.

The following video shows a few examples of genuinely healthy budgie poop:

What does Abnormal Budgie Poop Look Like?

Once you know what your normal budgie’s poop looks like, you will know what to expect.

Any change from the norm is a clear signal that something might be wrong with your budgie’s health.

Whether it’s a color, size, shape, amount, frequency, or texture variation from the usual poop, you will be ready. 

Remember to consider if you have changed the type of food you are giving to your bird before you panic.

As a standard rule, if you see any visible remnants of non-digested food in their poop, that’s a bad sign. Black poop is pretty bad as well.

If you see blood in the poop, that’s a good enough reason for going to the vet.

A lower than average poop volume typically means the bird is eating less than usual. 

If volume increases, you need to look at the three components of bird poop to determine what’s wrong.

More fecal matter indicates potential digestive problems such as pancreatic disease. 

Moreover, excessive urine is traditionally related to polyuria, meaning excessive water intake, diabetes, or kidney disease.

When the poop is black, it means the budgie is not eating, and that’s bile coming out.

Feces that are rusty brown, yellow, mushy, or have a strong odor indicate potential health issues.

A yellowish-green color in the urates part may indicate liver disease, or if it’s red, it could be lead poisoning. 

When the solid portion of the poop looks like pudding, but the other two parts seem fine, there’s a good chance your budgie has a case of diarrhea.

Do Budgies Experience Constipation?

It’s rare for a bird to be constipated. Budgies, like most birds, rarely have a problem pooping.

If somehow they are having a hard time, they are likely to have an object trapped inside their gastrointestinal tract preventing the poop from coming out.

Sometimes, their droppings might also get stuck on the feathers near the vent. If it’s a one-time incident, it isn’t a big deal. But if it happens often, the cause is likely an infection.

What Happens if Budgies eat Poop?

For starters, budgies seldom eat their poop. Although it’s almost always considered a behavioral problem, they might do it if they lack nutrients.

If that’s the case, add some fruits and veggies to their menu to boost their vitamin intake.

Quite often, people think budgies are eating poop; however, they are simply cleaning their home.

They use their beaks to get rid of the dry poop inside their cages and on their perches.

Budgies do want to keep their place clean!.

When is the Right Time to Clean your Budgie's Poop?

The right time to clean your bird’s poop is as often as you can.

In any case, you shouldn’t allow poop to pile up in such a way that there are large patches or mountains of it as that will upset your pet, and you don’t want to see your budgie angry!

When too much of it accumulates, budgie poop becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi, not to mention the respiratory problems that can occur due to releasing too much ammonia into the air.

In addition, as poop dries, it becomes dust that’s taken into the air by wing flapping, and it can be inhaled by anyone nearby, including other birds and people that are threatened by a potential infection.

If your budgie poops outside of the cage, clean it as soon as possible.

The longer you wait, the harder it clings to any surface, and the more you will struggle to remove it.

Inspecting budgie poop is critical for assessing your bird’s health.

Its color, smell, size, texture, and overall consistency show almost everything you need to know about your pet’s welfare.

The only thing you need to do is get familiar with your new friend’s bathroom breaks, and you are all set.

Examine those droppings at all times, and you will be able to tell when your budgie is thriving or if it’s going through a hard time.

He is the leading creator of featheredbuddies.com, a website dedicated to helping bird owners. For many years, Isra P has cared for budgies and other birds to ensure their happiness and well-being. His passion and enthusiasm for them have led him to a quest to find out why birds act the way they do and how to enrich their lives.