Have you ever seen a budgie pee?
We see there poop all the time because, I mean they do poop a lot!
Not just a lot
But they pretty much poop anywhere and everywhere! (Warning for new budgie parents!)
Don’t let that put you off from adopting a budgie,
Their cuteness will overpower the chore of cleaning budgie poop!
Check out my article – Do budgies poop everywhere?
So we know they poop (Budgie parents can agree with this)
But what about pee?
Do budgies pee?
They actually do!
But here’s the interesting part
They don’t pee like how humans or any other mammals pee
Let me explain
(It’s okay reading about this stuff so don’t think you’re weird! It’s actually very important to know this because you’d be able to tell if your budgie is healthy, and trust me, they can hide their illness very well)
Anyways let’s get into this article
How Do Budgies Pee?
If you look closely at their poop (It’s okay to go close, their poop doesn’t actually smell! If it does, this means they may be ill)
You’ll notice two different colors
You should be able to see clearly the solid brown part which is of course the feces
But you should also be able to see a liquid white part (urates) of their poop
That white part is actually budgie pee
It all comes out together
The urates mixes with the poop when they have to attend to nature call!
You see, birds which include budgies (duh!) don’t have a bladder like how we do
They don’t even have a urethra
But they do have kidneys that filter waste
So they excrete both feces and uric acid out of their cloaca
If your budgie has diarrhea it can be a cause of concern
If you are worried then a trip to the vets is important
Here’s the thing
It’s not something you need always worry about
For example, if you’ve given your bird a bath, a lot of water will come out the other end
When should you worry?
If your budgie is frequently pooping and it’s runny then there may be a problem with either their diet (more on that later on) or it’s due to an illness. This is when you should definitely go to the vets!
If your budgie is pooping a lot, well that’s normal so nothing to be concerned about
Just keep an eye on their poop
Diarrhea And Diet
Budgies love fruits and vegetables! That’s without a doubt
But it shouldn’t be too heavy on this.
Give them some seeds too
Here’s what you should give your budgie
- 80% balanced pellet mix
- 20% of fruits and veg (Make sure to check out my guide – What do budgies eat?)
- Small number of seeds and nuts (As treats)
- Fresh water should always be available
- No processed or junk food
If you do follow this diet and your budgie is still getting diarrhea then you should go to the vets.
How Often Do Birds Pee?
That actually depends on the size of the bird
You see the cloaca absorbs about 98% of the water which is filtered by the kidneys, and remember how I mentioned they have no bladder, this means they can’t store the urine which is why birds often excrete a lot!
So a budgie would probably do it’s business usually every 15 to 60 minutes
What To Do If Your Budgie Has Peed/Poop On You?
Bird excrement is actually toxic and may carry diseases and parasites
So you should wash it straight away wearing gloves
Also, when you’re cleaning their cage, or have been in contact with their excrement, you should try to wear gloves and then wash your hands thoroughly
Before You Go..
Now that we know budgies don’t actually pee but they poop and pee at the same time
I think you’d find these other related articles interesting so make sure you check them out!