Green cheek conure droppings consist of three parts: a solid portion, a smaller, white portion called urates, and a small amount of liquid content. Dropping color and consistency can vary, and a wide of colors, from bright orange to deep purple are considered healthy.
However, there are a few kinds of droppings that can mean your green cheek conure is sick:
1.) Red or Rust Colored Droppings
I flipped out one morning when Kiwi started having rust color or copper colored droppings. But then I realized that there was dried fruit in her new seed mix that I give as a treat in the evenings.
My kiwi also has red droppings when she eats bell peppers.
The first time I fed my baby red peppers I almost had a cow when I saw her droppings as I had forgotten she’d had them. It looked like pure blood.
2.) Black Stool
Blood typically appears as black. Bleeding from the upper GI tract in conures causes partially digested blood in the stool, which looks black, sticky, and tarry. Bleeding in the lower intestine causes bright, fresh appearing blood in the stool. If your bird has consistently red stool for days, and hasn’t eaten red or black berries lately, get to the vet immediately.
3.) Brown Droppings
Have you been feeding anything purplish-red in color? My birds have red-brown poop after eating blackberries and raspberries! Its probably from the red and orange food! Don’t feed those things today and see if it goes back to normal! If it doesn’t go back to normal, then a fecal test! If they change like that it could be a bacterial tummy issue. Very common. Our sun had a sudden change to brown stools. We brought in a fecal sample ( a good sized morning one) and had it tested.
4.) Green Colored Stool
If a green cheek conure eats a healthy diet of kale, spinach, broccoli, legumes, and other leafy greens, their stool will turn green in color. Dark green stool is a normal, healthy color for green cheek conures to poop. However, if stools are light green/lime colored, this may indicate an excess of urates, and kidney problems in the bird.
5.) Liquid/Diarrhea Poop
If no watery foods were given, and the stool stays this watery/diarrhea consistently even after a couple of days, a trip to the vet may be in order. An increase in urine because of diet or stress can be normal, just as long as the fecal portion is not watery or loose. Keep an eye on it.
If you are feeding her foods with a lot of water content try not feeding her any fruit for a couple days and just stick to a pellet seed mix and if it hardens up. They also get runny poop after fruit eating. Then it was the fruit if not take her into a Vet.
We have a sun conure with watery droppings 80% of the time but it has to do with the fact that he gets lots of fresh fruited and veggies all day. When he focuses mostly on pellets and veggies his droppings are more solid. It can also depend on the birds water intake.
How to Harden A Green Cheek Conure’s Stool
Roudybush brand pellets also makes a Probiotics drop which goes in the parrot’s water. Similar to humans, probiotics stop diarrhea, add “good” gut fauna, and promote digestive healing. If you don’t have probiotics add a drop of natural organic apple cider vinegar like Bragg’s in the water. You can also feed some fibrous vegetables like pumpkin or squash.
When in Doubt, Get a Gram Stain of the Stool
Do you have a college lab near you that can do a simple gram stain or culture of the stool? Sometimes if you don’t have money you can at least get a culture and find out what it is for not too much money. You could have a bacterial infection.. it may need antibiotics. If they are having the runs, unformed stool, they can be dehydrated – you may need to also add in a little pedialyte. I’m not a vet, but a parrot store owner and I raise baby GCC’s.