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I've always had little birds. (Budgies and parrotlets). We got Lily (GCC) about a month ago and this week I noticed that she has a strong odor. I change the lining under her grate/ cage every other day and wash the tray once a week. The other birds have never smelled this musky but I know she's a bigger bird so I don't know if its normal or not. She also has started eating a lot more pellets. She loves them and eats mostly those now. She still gets seed mix and veggies.

Maybe she needs a shower? I see her bathing in her water dish but not in a few days. Tomorrow I plan on taking her in the shower with me for the first time. Hopefully that will help.

If you have any suggestions or ideas please let me know. I just don't know if I should worry. If it doesn't go away soon, she will see the vet, but I'd like to hear from you all first.
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my gcc has no smell... hope all is well with yours. Personally I think a lot of times it is what birds eat, just like people that causes odors.
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I just found a few websites that say a strong odor can be a sign of infection. She has smelled mildly like this since we got her but it's been really strong the past few days. I will take her ti the vet and see what he has to say.

She needs to see the vet anyway. She came with a certificate saying she was vet checked, healthy, and had vaccinations, but I want her to see my avian vet too. I should have done it sooner. why do these things always happen on the weekend?

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May or may not have just grabbed a sleeping Reptar off my shoulder and given him a big sniff. He was not pleased. But no smell here either. Works out well that you were planning on a vet trip anyways, just to be safe. Not really sure on any particular causes to help you :/ I would definitely see if the smell persists after the shower though.



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my gcc has no smell... hope all is well with yours. Personally I think a lot of times it is what birds eat, just like people that causes odors.

Same with dogs, oh man. My puppy dropped a nuclear fart bomb earlier that actually cleared the room, lol. It was awful.



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Haha, poor pupoy. This morning Lily smells fine. She is still gettimg a shower though. She did start eating a lot more pellets recently. Maybe her digestive tract needed to adjust,

It made me laugh imagining all of the gccs being sniffed and offended by it today. My birds are all used to it. I sniff wing pits on a regular basis. I know, I know. Weirdo.
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All my birds have a smell. I know Linnie's, pionus , and amazons have a sweet, musky smell. It's not so much their bodies/ feathers ( which have a " feather" smell), it's seems to be their breath. The smell gets stronger when they are content. My irn also had a smell, very subtle, which reminded me of bouillon cubes. The canaries have a smell too, which is " birdy " but different than budgies. I also notice the smell more on humid days. I don't think a shower will reduce the smell, birds don't sweat.

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I think all birds have their own smells and green cheeks are no exception! Mine smelt a bit unusual but I'd never of thought about getting it checked out. They smelt like musky fruit I do think as people have been saying above that it can have a lot to do with their diet too! I've noticed that people who feed their macaws a lot of fruits give their normal (awesome and addictive) macaw smell a big fruity boost If you want to play it safe and have it checked out then by all means do, but I can't see it being an issue. If it were the faeces that were smelling then I would be a bit more concerned

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Peeko doesn't have any smell that I can notice. He smells warm, if that makes any sense? Like, when I smell a cat that's been laying in the sun, the cat smells warm. Peeko smells like that. This probably makes no sense to anybody but me xD;
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I totally understand. Lily smelled bad because she has a bacterial infection. She was on antibiotics for 10 days and is starting a 2nd round today. She was off for a few days and I noticed the bad smell again so the vet said to give her another 10 days.

Your birds shouldn't smell offensive, or sour/musky ick blech. If they do smell weird, take them to a vet asap.
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Peeko doesn't have any smell that I can notice. He smells warm, if that makes any sense? Like, when I smell a cat that's been laying in the sun, the cat smells warm. Peeko smells like that. This probably makes no sense to anybody but me xD;
No it does make sense! I am big on scents. All my birds have a scent although sometimes its milder than others...I think I just have a sensitive sense of smell. Like right now, mynplet js about to lay and egg and she smells a bit stronger.

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I think I can confirm birds can smell from just a bad diet. Or should I say from the foods they are fed.
I have just had an Eclectus in boarding. (6mt old) And he smelt like puke!
When the owner came back 6weeks later I quizzed about this. He said Percy smelt so bad he went and got a spray from the Bird Barn and used that to try and ?????
All I did was sorted out a decent diet. (The stuff this poor bird was on shocked me to say the least). Anyway I asked the owner to have a good sniff. He was shocked to find Percy had no smell as such anymore. So I explained he needed to research diets. I also printed out a food list for him.


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