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Exclamation Urgent, Bird has brown poop

I have had my sun conure almost two months. The food I give him is a mixture of seeds, pellets, fruits, nuts, and some dried flakey vegtables that I sprinkle on top of his food. I have read online that pellets make poop brown, but pellets aren't what he usually eats the most. I work during the day, but while being home with him he doesn't eat pellets a lot. This morning when I got him out of his cage after sleeping all night, he had a normal green dropping with some brown. After that, he pooped like a few light brown droppings before I had to leave for work. I have read so many things online. I am confused if this is normal, not sure if I should wait and see if it gets better before I take him to the vet. A couple of times when he pooped it was watery and broken up. The liquid is still clear though and there is still some white in MOST of his poop (once or twice it was brown and watery with no white)
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No white urates usually mean they are getting dehydrated because the urates are what is left of what he drinks.

If you are worried I would just bring him in to the Vet. Rather to be safe than sorry. It could be his diet that's doing that to his poop but it could also be a host of other things!



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No white urates usually mean they are getting dehydrated because the urates are what is left of what he drinks.

If you are worried I would just bring him in to the Vet. Rather to be safe than sorry. It could be his diet that's doing that to his poop but it could also be a host of other things!
That's good advice, it's much better to be safe than sorry.

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I would get to a vet to be on the safe side. Take a few samples with you

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No, ureates are the end product of protein and, as long as they are white, it's fine. It's little or no urine (the transparent part of the poop) and cream or off-white colored ureates that indicate dehydration but loose poop is diarrhea unless it's the 'morning bomb' (first poop of the day) which is always large and a bit loose. And, if he has diarrhea and continues (sometimes they produce a bit of 'watery' poop when they eat lots of fresh fruit), he needs to see an avian vet.

But, unless you are providing large pieces of fruit daily and he is indeed eating them, the diet you are giving might be too dry (conures eat mostly fruits in the wild so they need a diet high in moisture).
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Thank you so much for the advice everyone! When I got home from work on Friday, his poop was back to green and has been since. He has some rasins in his food mix so I am thinking maybe that caused it with pellets too? (although if I ever try to give him raisins he won't eat them. For some reason he won't eat anything brown, in front of me at least.) I am just happy he is back to normal, although I am still unsure of what caused it.

He loves fruit, I always put extra dried fruit in his food because he always goes for that first.
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