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Gassy Droppings

Find out why pet birds might have gassy droppings.

Margaret A. Wissman, DVM
Posted: January 23, 2013, 9:45 a.m. PST


Birds may develop gas in the proventriculus (glandular portion of the avian stomach) or if they swallow air (called aerophagia) they may release the gas by bringing up foods and gas through regurgitating (from the crop) or vomiting (from the stomach). Gassy bubbles in the fecal portion of your bird’s droppings could indicate an underlying bacterial infection.


Gassy droppings usually occur due to gas-forming bacteria in the bird’s gut.


A diagnosis by your avian vet is necessary before administering antibiotics. If gas-forming bacteria are found to be the cause, the problem can be quickly treated.


If a particular infectious organism is diagnosed as being the cause of the gassy droppings, ask your avian veterinarian what you can do (if anything) to prevent its reoccurrence.

Disclaimer:’s Bird Behavior Index is intended for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the expertise and experience of a professional veterinarian. Do not use the information presented here to make decisions about your bird’s health if you suspect your pet is sick. If your pet is showing signs of illness or you notice changes in your bird’s behavior, take your pet to the nearest veterinarian or an emergency pet clinic as soon as possible.

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