We have a very tame Rainbow Lorikeet named Murphy who is only in his cage at night time or for 5 hours a day when we are at work. As soon as we wake up or get home, we let him out and the minute he jumps on our hand or jumps on the couch, he does a massive squirt of poo (and I mean MASSIVE)....as if he was holding it all in until he got out of the cage. They aren't normally this big! He still poos in his cage of course but has now started this odd (and annoying) behaviour over the past few weeks. Has anyone encountered this before? We just want to know why Murphy seems to be holding it in and then expelling once out of the cage -- which is generally on us!
we have an african grey at work who is the hospital pet. every morning when we let nova out of her cage the first thing she does is poo. it is really gross as most of the time it lands in her food or water dish. she is the greatest bird i have ever seen. when the phone rings she will wait til someone goes to pick it up and says " hello " if you are having a conversation she will say "what" such a nosy bird. she also yells at the animals if they are misbehaving. if we are struggling with an unruly animal she yells "stop it" or " bad dog". she meows like a cat, when the animals behave she says " good guuurrrlll" she is an absolute riot. the only thing we don't like is she can imitate all the beeping sounds our lab machines make and it can get really annoying when she gets on a roll. so we tell her she's a brat so now she says " nova's a brat bird " i love her !!!!
Thanks Scout1. Seems this might just be a normal bird behaviour. I can't wait for Murphy to start talking. He is only 6 months old and I have been told by about 12 months he should be talking or starting to whistle tunes. My sister has a Rainbow Lorikeet that imitates her voice, the 2 dogs' barks, and can sing that song "what's new pussy cat...woooo wooooo"...and they are teaching it "Hound Dog". This bird really that tame anymore....more of a cage bird. Poor little thing. Still really interactive though. Murphy has run of our house!!! Whoever would have thought a bird could be so much fun!
We have an African Grey. He just joined our family in September. The poor guy has had as far as we know 3 to 4 other families. The person(Larry) we got "Bogie" from had retrieved him from a bird store that had locked him up in his cage and clipped his wings. He stressed out and plucked out almost all his chest feathers. Larry had known the previous owner of "Bogie" b4 the bird store. Bogie was there because the owner was being sent to jail over something stupid(long story) and he had no one to take care of him. So he took him there to be sold. Larry gave us a file folder with info in it that he had recieved when he got "Bogie". In there was foods he liked and a few names of people he lived with. Larry said I want you to know they live a long time(we had known that) and that he wants to see "Bogie" go to a good family that won't just hand him off. We plan on having him with us forever. Anyways. Bogie is used to being out of his cage all day long and locking him up made him pluck. He now is out all day long if he so chooses and only goes in his cage at night. He poo's everwhere around his cage. So luckily we have his cage in a corner that used to be for a wood stove and has concrete underneath. We also put down one of those plastic mats that goes under office chairs(very easy to clean). He poos on the couch or the floor though if we let him down. Matt(my husband) says its his way of marking his area. LoL Bogie's bad habit though is he chews on everything, and has chewed up lots of our kitchen lynolium(sp). He doesn't eat it just tears it up. Luckily our landlords are my ILs and they could careless. He says lots of things and recently has picked up "Come here Star" only he hasn't said star he says Waar. LoL He laughs like me, says What, does the wolf wistle, makings knocking sounds, barks, meows(sometimes sounds like a sick cat). rings like a phone make sounds of other birds he has heard outside, says want some apple, and tons of other things. ok this got long sorry.
i never really cared much for birds til i met nova. she is so entertaining and the clients love her. i still don't think i would own one due to the incredibly large messes they make . she is also a feather plucker. she was owned by a client who had to get rid of her when he got married because she hated his new wife and started plucking her feathers and being nasty.we have had her for 7/8 years and she is still a plucker. we have tried every known remedy and nothing works. she does hate woman. she will bite , and has bitten me when i first started working there. but after she gets to know you she is okay with woman. any man though she will love to death w/put even knowing them. funny how they are.you'd never guess that of a bird.
Yeah Bogie doesn't like women either so he is still getting used to me. Although he will climb up my leg and body to get onto my shoulder if I am in the kitchen. Since my shoulder isn't as broad as Matt's though sometimes he will hang of the side. LoL He thinks he's the boss of the kitchen. LoL Chases us around there. He still plucks too. Its sad cause he will wait til they are all almost completely grown back then start plucking. We even asked around what to try but no luck. He loves my husband bunches. Oh I forgot he also says "No" just out of the blue he will blurt it out. When the phone rings you can hear him really quietly say Hello. Matt has tried video recording him when we are out of the room because thats the only time he will talk. Sometimes he will talk if Natasha(daughter) is in the room but I think thats cause she lays on the couch so he doesn't really notice her there.
nova does the same thing. she waits til her pretty red tail feathers are grown in and then we come back to work on monday and they are gone. she does get attention on the weekends because the kennel kids are there and they let her out and feed her and stuff. it is only sunday that the office is actually closed, but the kids are still there. she takes baths in her water dish. they are sooooo messy or at least she is. they are supposed to be the most intelligent of the birds and have the largest vocalbulary.
Bogie takes bathes in his water dish also but usually the only time he does it is when I vaccum. Yes Bogie has quiet a large vocabulary. I think it builds everyday but sometimes he looses things he learns to I think. That or he chooses not to say them again. LoL
Hi there, I have had many parrots in the past, and have 3 now.I wouldnt say I am an expert on anything but I can give you my best informed guess.
I would say your bird has probably been sleeping or napping prior to you taking him out first thing in the morning thus the enormous poo. Nothing to worry about, my birds do it at times as well.As long as it looks healthy and formed, nothing to fret over.I can see it being annoying but if your expecting it you can just ensure to hold him over a paper or let him sit on top of his cage for awhile before taking him away onto clothes..*hehe*. I have mine trained to poop on command pretty much. They still have the odd accident but overall they do very well.
I know this topic is old but I just joined this forum and had to reply. Are Lory's not the greatest!!!!! The first squirt after they wake is usually huge. If you dont have an exterior perch you should get one. By exterior I mean a perch that extends out from the cage. They will perch on that and let go the big one, and save the little ones for you.