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Why Do Parakeets Poop So Often?

Birds and parrots have higher metabolic rates and poop more often as a result.

By Nikki Moustaki

parakeet humorHave you ever had a stranger ask you if you have a pet bird and found yourself proudly answering yes, only to find that you’re around in public with little dried squiggles of poop on the back of your shoulder? Unlike dogs, small birds such as budgerigars (budgies) or parakeets aren’t easy to potty train. It’s easier to train yourself to change T-shirts more often!

There are two reasons your pet bird leaves presents on your T-shirts more often than you’d like. First, parakeets, like all parrots, poop often because they can fly. To fly, birds need to be streamlined and as light as possible, which is why they poop so often. A bird who’s holding a load of poop is a heavier bird who has to work harder to fly. So nature has given birds a small place in their bodies to hold poop, forcing them to eliminate far more often than most other animals.

Secondly, parakeets, like many of the other smaller parrots, have a high metabolic rate. This means that they have to eat a lot to maintain their body weight and to keep everything working the way it should. So, if a parakeet eats often, she poops often. Now, how to get parakeet poop out of your new designer shirt …

For more on parakeet quirks, check out "Why Do Parakeets Do That?" from Bowtie Press, Inc.

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Valerie, paradise valley, AZ
Posted: 9/10/2011 11:28:14 AM
nice article. I myself have an alexandrine parakeet who is 5 years old (approx) and poops a lot. the reason given here makes perfect sense. but it still doesnot answer my question. How do we avoid it?
Pamie, mumbai, MH
Posted: 3/1/2011 1:28:53 AM
Great info. I had my 1st bird at 13, I am 65 now with my 2nd bird a Quaker named Peter and I learn something new just about every day from you-all. I knew about metabolic but did not know about the relationship to being able to be flighted fast and it makes perfect sense. Thanks for the info. Keep up the good work!
PJ, Fayetteville, WV
Posted: 2/12/2009 11:02:36 AM
kayla, mullica hill, NJ
Posted: 7/15/2008 7:54:39 PM
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