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I have seen a maggot looking worm in my conures bird bath…

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I have seen a maggot looking worm in my conures bird bath but the water was clean. Now I saw a maggot looking worm on her play gym. Can flies lay eggs in her poop and later hatch? I clean all areas weekly. And they all get fresh water 2 times daily. Can my birds ingest worms from fresh fruit given to them? Concerned..
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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Thank you for your kind reply

Flies most certainly can lay eggs in the fecal material that later become maggots. This typically takes place over a period of days, though, so if the gym is cleaned regularly you should not be seeing maggots. Birds can also ingest worms from fresh fruit, yes, but we don't usually see those in their stool. They're digested as we'd expect most food items to be ingested. Another potential is the presence of intestinal parasites, which can be diagnosed both visibly and by having a fecal analysis performed by your vet.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Ok I usually leave the fresh fruit for 24hrs before removal from the separate dish (inside only) but I read somewhere it should be removed in 2hrs...your recommendation of fresh fruit please...also my babies are very spoiled nearly spending all their time outside their cages..to include play gyms located in our garage/shop where I most always see flies in warm weather.
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
I’m a nurse too but for humans. Thank you for your service to animals
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Ok got it outside play gym needs more than weekly cleaning...but what about inside fresh fruit remove how soon daily or in 2 hrs if not eaten??

Fresh fruit for 24 hours should be fine, so long as you aren't seeing any moldy growth, flies swarming, etc. If you see this, reduce the time to a point that your birds can enjoy the fruit without flies being involved. Make sure to clean all bowls at least once daily to prevent bacteria and flies.

Kiwi, Honey and Bugsy are adorable! I think you're doing a great thing giving them time to enjoy their play gym. Avians thrive on this type of stimulation!

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
All seed need be changed completely daily even if all seed not consumed? I wanna be the best bird mommy I can be

Seed should be fine so long as flies aren't bothering it. I should have clarified, I meant fruit bowls. Anything that might attract flies, basically.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Thank you yes our babies are so important to us all rescues of different ways lost and owner not found..to in pet store to long...and worst of all neglect to the point of loss of muscle mass with broken wing

They won the rescue lottery, so to speak!

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