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Diarrhea in Conures: Here’s What to Do (Step-By-Step Guide)

Ed Malaker

No one likes when their pet gets sick, and one of the sure signs of illness is diarrhea. Some inexperienced owners might not even realize that their conure can get diarrhea and might need help dealing with it when it occurs. If this is your first conure and you think it might have diarrhea, keep reading while we outline some steps you can take to determine if it is diarrhea and what you can do to stop it. By following this guide, you’ll be able to nurse your bird back to health quickly.divider-birdcage

Steps To Alleviate Diarrhea in Conures

1. Determine If It Is Diarrhea

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It may seem silly, but the first step is to determine if the conure actually has diarrhea. Most conures will poop once or twice an hour, but some will poop every 15 minutes or so. All of this pooping can give a lot of people the idea that their bird has diarrhea. However, the conure has a short digestive system, and food passes through it quickly, so it can be natural for your bird to poop several times an hour.

Conures will get diarrhea, though, and the causes include parasites, bacteria, nutritional deficiency, and toxic food. There are three components to your conure’s poop, a white part, which is the urates from the kidney, a liquid portion, and a colored portion which is the feces. The feces is usually green but can change dramatically depending on the food your pet eats, and your bird will expel all three portions out of the same. Usually, the feces is soft but well-formed, but when it’s a formless mass, your bird likely has diarrhea.


2. Take A Sample to Your Vet

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If you notice diarrhea continues more than 24 hours, we recommend taking a feces sample to your vet to find out what is causing it. Your vet might prescribe medication to alleviate diarrhea, which will start to work fairly quickly after you begin administering it.


3. Avoid Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

The high fiber and moisture content found in most fruits and vegetables is a recipe for diarrhea for many birds, so it’s best to avoid them if your pet is already having problems.


4. Provide Plenty of Fresh Water

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Providing fresh water for your pet can add to the fluid in the digestive tract and it’s important to encourage your pet to drink so it can stay hydrated. Dehydration is always a concern with diarrhea, especially if it lasts more than 24 hours.


5. Enriched Foods

If your conure has diarrhea, it’s a good idea to feed it foods enriched with vitamins and minerals to help it replace what is lost. There are many brands available, and we recommend something with dried fruit.


6. Disinfect the Cage

If your pet has diarrhea caused by bacteria, it’s important to remove everything from the cage and disinfect it to make sure your pet doesn’t catch it again. Vacuuming the bottom to remove all food, dropping, and other debris, and wiping the cage with warm soapy water should be sufficient. There is no need to use dangerous chemicals. You can also run the perches and other accessories through the dishwasher, wash them by hand, or replace them to prevent recontamination.

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Can I Potty Train My Conure?

Yes, you can potty train most conures if you are attentive and patient. Potty training your bird can help reduce the amount of waste in the cage that can spread bacteria.

Watch For a Signal

The first step in potty training your conure is to watch its behavior for a few days. Most birds will send a signal before they poop. It could be walking backward, crouching down, ruffling the feathers, etc.

Designate a Toilet

Once you know when your bird will poop, you will need to move it to a designated toilet when it gives you the signal. You can use a garbage can, cardboard box, or even an old newspaper. Consistency is critical for the toilet, and its placement so your bird can get used to it and learn where to go.

Positive Reinforcement

When your bird uses the toilet, give it plenty of praise and even offer it a treat. Positive reinforcement will help teach the bird it’s behaving correctly, and it is more likely to continue.

Repeat

Repeat these steps until your conure starts to use the designated toilet you have set up. In most cases, it will only take a few days, but it can take several weeks, depending on the bird. Consistency and patience will reward you with success.divider-birdcage

Summary

If you think your conure has diarrhea and the feces part of its poop is a shapeless mass, we recommend taking a sample to your vet so it can narrow down the cause and provide you with some medication. We also recommend following the rest of the steps on our list to get your pet feeling better as soon as possible. Potty training your pet can help reduce bacteria in the cage and makes it much easier to maintain.

We hope you have enjoyed reading over this guide and found it helpful in answering your questions. If we have helped you get your bird back to normal, please share these steps to what you can do if your conure has diarrhea on Facebook and Twitter.

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Ed Malaker

Ed Malaker is a veteran writer who has contributed to a wide range of blogs that cover tools, pets, guitars, fitness, and computer programming. When he’s not writing, Ed is usually performing DIY projects around the house or working in the garden. He’s also a musician and spends a lot of time helping people fix their guitars and composing music for independent films.