If you’ve just noticed that you’ve never seen your budgie pee, don’t be alarmed!
Budgies don’t pee in the way that humans or many other animals do. Their liquid waste is released when they defecate, so their ‘wee’ and ‘poop’ are rolled into one. To be more specific, the white part of a budgie poop is their pee!
If you want to learn more about budgies’ toilet habits, this is the article for you. (And, no, it doesn’t make you weird to be interested in this stuff. It’s an important way to check if they are healthy!)
Healthy Budgie Excrement
If your budgie is healthy, you should be able to clearly see the solid brown part (feces) and liquid white part (urates) of their poop.
Rather than having different holes for pee, poo, and eggs, they have a single vent, called a cloaca. This is where all the downstairs business happens, from mating to excrement.
Budgies don’t pee like you might expect, as they don’t have a bladder. Instead, the urates mix with their poop as they release waste from their vent.
Budgie poop shouldn’t smell strong, and it will be moist but solid. If your budgie is excreting smelly liquid, the bird is probably unwell. Time to call the vet!
Budgie diarrhea isn’t always something to worry about. For example, if your bird just had a bath, you would expect a lot of water to come out the other end.
But if your budgie frequently has smelly or runny poos, there is probably an issue with their diet or overall health.
(Don’t worry if your bird poops a lot, as it’s normal for budgies to poop up to 50 times a day!)
Budgie Diet and Diarrhea
A budgie’s diet shouldn’t be too heavy in fruits or vegetables, as this can cause diarrhea. Instead, they should have:
- Around 80% balanced pellet mix
- Up to 20% mixed vegetables and fruits (not all of them are suitable)
- A small number of seeds and nuts as an occasional treat
- Constant access to fresh water
- No processed food or junk food
If you are feeding your budgie like this and they still have problems with diarrhea, it’s time to talk to your vet. Bear in mind that vegetables, such as watery foods like cucumber and lettuce, can trigger diarrhea.
Other Causes of Diarrhea in Budgies
Some budgies have runny poos when they are molting, which happens 2 to 3 times a year.
They can also get diarrhea if they are feeling anxious.
Health problems linked to diarrhea include kidney problems and cancers, as well as bacterial infections. You don’t need to panic if you notice that your budgie has diarrhea, but it’s a good idea to check with your vet if the issue doesn’t clear up by itself.
A Note on Bacteria Enteritis
Bacterial enteritis is a fairly common health problem that causes budgies to have diarrhea.
If budgies have this infection, their diarrhea is often green, and you’ll notice some green staining around their vent. They will be tired and lose weight, and they could die if it gets serious.
If you notice any of these signs, you should call your vet to determine the best treatment.
Budgies don’t pee in the way we might expect, but they release urates when they poop. A good, healthy poo doesn’t smell too bad, and it isn’t liquid. You’ll be able to see the white part, which is the budgie’s version of a pee.
I know that excrement isn’t the nicest thing to think about, but it’s a pretty good sign of your budgie’s health. So, keep an eye on how often they are going (and what it looks like!), and you’ll be able to notice and sort out health issues much more quickly.
My name is Niels Joensen, and I’m the creator of Wings and Beaks. I got my first two budgies at the age of 13, and right away, I fell in love with these beautiful tiny birds. Wings and Beaks is where I share my knowledge and passion for budgies with other bird owners.