Why Does My Parrot Eat His Poop?

Does your parrot do some things that just don’t make sense to you?

Parrots do a lot of things that may seem weird or crazy to you.

My parrot, Meethi, does a lot of things that raise eyebrows or make me laugh!

I don’t think you need television when you’ve got a parrot in your life–they’re so entertaining! 

In this blog post, I want to address a question that I’ve come across very often–

Why does my parrot eat his poop?

It’s bizarre yes I know but the actually do

One of the most common reasons why birds eat their poop is when they have nutritional deficiencies.

But, there are still a few things you need to know. 

So in this article we’ll go through the following

  • Why does my parrot eat dried poop?
  • What happens when your parrot eats their own poop? Should you be worried?
  • How you can stop this eating their own poop business!

Sound good?

Let’s get started!

Why Does My Parrot Eat Dried Poop?

This section of the blog post will cover a few reasons why your parrot is eating dried poop. 

The #1 Reason: A Lack of Nutrients 

Nutrient deficiency is one of the biggest reasons why your parrot is eating its own poop.

You can address this by switching things up in your parrot’s diet and adding some fresh fruit, vegetables, and nuts. 

Sometimes, lack of nutrients doesn’t have much to do with the diet. 

Other reasons behind this nutrient deficiency cab include: 

  • Exposure to sunlight
  • Environmental stress 
  • Overall health and wellness 

The best thing to do is visit the avian vet to figure out the reason behind the deficiency and address it. 

Let’s look at other possible reasons for this odd behavior

Your Parrot is Bored 

You can do a lot of things when you’re bored, but eating your poop is not one of them. 

This sadly doesn’t apply to your feathered friend!  

Some parrots pick up the habit of eating their own poop when they’re bored.

They may also nibble on other inedible things like dust, hair, their own feathers, etc. 

I know it’s disgusting – trust me, I don’t find it comfortable writing about this but hey, if it answers your question then I’m happy

We still got to cover how you can stop this behavior so make sure you carry on reading..

They’re Stressed 

Environmental stress is another reason why parrots take up eating their own poop.

Your parrot will show signs of stress if there has been a cage change, change of rooms, or they’ve got a hostile cage mate.

Now that we know some of the possible reasons why your bird eats their own poop

I’m sure you would like to know what happens when they do!

Check it out

What Happens When Your Parrot Eats Their Own Poop?

Nothing as such. 

But, you might get disgusted after watching your parrot do it! I feel slightly uneasy just writing about it! 

Your parrot won’t get sick or have any health issues by eating its own poop.

It’ll get digested as food does, and that’s the end of it.

Your bird could get a bacterial infection if the poop has been there for a long time–but you should be cleaning the cage every day to ensure that it doesn’t happen. 

That’s why cleaning the cage is very important

What To Do When Your Parrot Eats Their Own Poop? 

You should try to find the reason why your parrot finds its poop appetizing.

Your vet will be able to help you find the reason behind this peculiar behavior by running some tests and conducting a physical examination. 

So, the best thing to do is to book an appointment with the vet. 

Let’s look at how you can help your parrot stop eating their own poop!

How To Stop Your Parrot Eating Their Own Poop?

Here are a few ways in which you can stop your parrot from eating its own poop: 

  • Clean the cage: You should make sure your parrot’s cage is cleaned every day to curb this habit. You can clean the cage every time your parrot poops for a week or two until it unlearns this behavior. 
  • By addressing what’s causing it: Once you know why your parrot is eating its poop, you’ll be able to address the underlying issue and help your bird kick this habit to the curb!


Did we cover everything you needed to know?

As disgusting as it may be, parrots tend to eat their own poop when their diet doesn’t contain sufficient vitamins and minerals.

The best way to address this concern is by feeling them a varied and balanced diet. 

The best thing you can do is to add a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables to your parrot’s diet. 

There are plenty of fruits and vegetables your parrot can eat

I have written few articles which you should definitely check out

I’ll leave the links at the bottom of the article for you to read

This can also be related to underlying health issues or diseases. 

So, it is also a good idea to contact your vet and see what’s going on–especially if you’ve changed your feathered friend’s diet and the problem isn’t resolved. 

If we left your question unanswered, feel free to leave it in the comments, and we’ll get back to you. 

Please feel free to share this blog post with your friends and family if you found it useful! It’ll mean a lot to us! 

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