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Are your tired of getting pooped on by your bird? If so -- you aren't alone. In fact, one of the most common complaints among new bird owners is that they are constantly getting pelted with their feathered friend's waste. While it's normal, natural, and healthy for a bird to poop regularly, it's not really the most pleasant aspect of bird ownership to deal with, and especially if the poop is landing on your clothing.

For some insight into what you can do to minimize the chances that your bird will use you as a toilet, check out this new FAQ on How to Tell if Your Bird is About to Poop. It will help you learn how you can anticipate when your bird is going to "go potty", making it more likely that you'll be able to get your pet to a more appropriate place to do so before it happens.


February 9, 2013 at 5:19 pm
(1) Leanne Cherry says:

We have a Timneh African Grey Parrot. My husband, for the most part, is the one who handles Sidney. He said, as I was reading the three items listed birds do before letting business fly, Sidney fluffs up and also flicks his tail. He didn’t know whether or not Sidney’s feet got warm before going. He said usually, when he sees the initial two acts leading up to Sidney letting fly, he is too busy getting Sidney to a place other than his finger or over his clothing to realize whether his feet get warmer than usual or not. He also agreed with the information for getting “bird business” off your clothing! :)
Keep up the good work; I enjoy your newsletters and articles. Although we’ve been bird lovers and owners for almost 20 years, we’re not beyond learning new things; and we do! Sometimes from your newsletter, and sometimes from Sidney himself! We also have a cinnamon cockatiel named Callie! He’s got a personality all his own! :)

February 24, 2013 at 9:10 am
(2) Vicky Slay says:

I have a yellow nape that I trained to do do on the perch. She would fly to the perch and yell “I do do’d” and fly back to me afterwards. One day she was mad that I was going to work and purposely do do’d on my shoulder and I put my jacket on not knowing. Taking my jacket off at work, it flew on the wall. Guess she got even with me for leaving.

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