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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-19-2011, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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All In The Timing?

I already posted about Krikkit the Conure's bowels in the Small Parrots section, but I have another question, courtesy of my girlfriend. She insists that if we time the length between her poops, we can start predicting them and shooing her off to the proper spot before she takes a dump on the bed or wherever.

What do you folks have to say about that? Are any of your birds possessed of clockwork insides? Or is this a poop... er, pipe dream?

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It's certainly a good strategy - I know with Goob, I can go about 20-30 minutes between poops, so if I keep an eye on the time while she's on my bed I can put her back in time for her to have to go again. But she also won't poop on my bed, she has to be standing on the edge or have her bum hanging off something like a perch to poop; if she has to go, she paces near the edge and flaps like "gotta go! gotta go! get me off!' lol She also won't poop on my shoulder unless she gets really nervous or I don't notice the 'potty dance.' I've had her for... over 3 years, a year and a half at my home, and she's only poo'd on my shoulder twice I'm very lucky she has a weird compulsion!



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I think you can get good results if you learn their timing schedules. My little birds go more often than my bigger ones, but, yes, it works pretty well to ask them to go pooh at certain intervals - but, with mine - its never 100%. Some days are better than others, and for those days that are not so good, I like "Poop Off" wipes.

Most of my birds have poohed on me sometimes, but Ashlynn hasn't managed to yet. That is one thing that seems easier to keep track of in larger birds.


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I just have a couple of old shirts i keep by the bird cages... when I take a bird out I put on a s**t shirt...lol
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I don't time my birds poops but I know they always do a huge one in the morning and its usually on me when I get them out haha. I tell Dexter to poop and he'll do it. I've noticed that with the smaller birds they do poop far more than the larger birds too. I don't really care if my birds poop on stuff. I usually just wipe it up and get on with it, my friends however sit there and sob if they get pooped on haha! The other day Pickles landed on my friends head and did an enormous poop in her hair. She freaked out and I tried to get it off but I just made it so much worse ahahaha!

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Nice Daisy! Scully just squats and lifts his butt. It's usually 30-40 minutes. I don't really count though.


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