How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Michael Salkin Your Own Question
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Bird
Satisfied Customers: 29822
Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
Type Your Bird Question Here...
Dr. Michael Salkin is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My female bird has been pooping only a very little

Customer Question

My female bird has been pooping only a very little for several days. She is swollen around her butt and sore looking. We only have one bird vet anywhere close and she is out of town till Monday. What can I do??
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. You're necessarily constrained by how much you can do without the assistance of an avian-oriented vet. My primary concern is that Sanka is egg bound which might explain the swelling around her cloaca ("butt") and the lack of feces due to an egg obstructing her colon.
Here's a good overview of this disorder for you:
Heating Sanka's environment to 80F - which it sounds as if you're already doing - may be helpful but these birds can be in a very precarious state and require prompt attention from a vet (please see here: Feeding her calcium-rich foods (dairy products) and making sure that an avian vitamin containing vitamin D3 (Oasis brand, e.g.) is present in her water might also be helpful.
I understand your logistical constraints. Perhaps she's not egg bound at all; instead, she hasn't been eating well and so isn't producing as many droppings as usual. That would be worrisome as well but not as critical as could be egg binding.
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.