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dechi:
Hello,

My 5 1/2 year old blue headed pionus female likes to eat her dried poop.  She gets a mix of healthy seeeds (no sunflower seeds), pellets and various fruits and veggies everyday.  Plus the occasional human food, such as a small piece of bread, an almond, ect.

She goes out of her cage every day for 2-6 hours.  She has two playgrounds she can perch on and toys on both and in her cage.  She has intact wings and flies all over the house every day.

She eats poop both in her cage and on her playground.  I try to keep it as clean as I can but there will always be a piece she can grab without me knowing it.

Why is she doing this and what can I feed her so she stops ?  Is she missing specific nutrients ?

Thanks !

Jan:
Yes, I've heard stories about birds do that, it's not usually an obsession and I've also read where it can be from something they lack... what it is I'm not sure.  Guess we will have to research it to find out.  I've seen my own birds do it once in a great while but I've not been too concerned as it is ever so seldom.  Regardless, it's not good to eat poop, period!! 

Dartman:
I think they do it as much because it's crunchy as anything else as they have no idea it's bad for them but love anything crunchy.

Jan:

--- Quote from: Dartman on July 04, 2016, 06:07:04 PM ---I think they do it as much because it's crunchy as anything else as they have no idea it's bad for them but love anything crunchy.

--- End quote ---

I thought about that too!  It's often more so when it is dried out.

Dartman:
Well usually when it's fresh and wet all my guys were mortified to touch it or get it on their feet, but once it's dried it's a crunch toy.

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