Can A Budgie Get Constipated? {Is It An Intestinal Infection?}

Are you worried that your budgie is constipated? Is it an infection leading to more serious health problems? In this article, we’ll discuss if a budgie can get constipated.

Can A Budgie Get Constipated? Yes. If your budgie is lacking enough fiber, water or activity, it can lead to constipation. Stools getting stuck can lead to gastrointestinal infections. Pregnancy is another reason why your budgie might be constipated.

How Often Should a Budgie Poop?

Budgies (Also known as parakeets in the US) poop very often throughout the day. They should excrete waste as often as every 12-15 minutes. The younger the budgie, the more often it relieves itself.

The metabolism of a budgie works so well that pooping throughout the day is very common. They process and digest food much faster than many other animals. Don’t be surprised if your budgie poops 40-50 times a day.

How Can I Tell If My Budge is Constipated?

Constipation is uncommon and you should be able to tell this is happening if you don’t notice enough droppings.

Look for the following signs and symptoms:

  • Hiding or isolating
  • Exhaustion or Lethargy
  • Firmer droppings
  • Irritability
  • Plucking feathers

A budgie in pain or stress from the lack of excretion is going to show it with irritability. They may not want to interact with their surroundings (including you). The waste could be firm and hard to pass, leading to pain that is displayed by your budgie plucking its feathers.

These behaviors could be self-destructive and lead to further complications. It’s best to address the constipation right away before it escalates into possible infections or illness.

Why Is My Budgie Not Pooping?

The following reasons could explain why your budgie is not pooping:

  • Lack of food
  • Lack of appetite
  • Lack of fiber
  • Lack of water
  • Pregnancy 
  • Infection

Food, Appetite, Fiber and Water

A budgie that doesn’t eat enough, won’t have enough waste to excrete. Add more generous helpings of food instead of small portions. Their appetites might be affected by stress, fear or discomfort. The food must be packed with fiber and the water must be plentiful and clean.


It’s common for a female budgie carrying eggs to have trouble with constipation. The bigger the eggs, the harder it is to pass waste.


Common parasites such as cestodes and nematodes or intestinal infections such as gastritis lead to diarrhea at first and constipation second. Their cloaca or anal opening may become blocked.

They may eat less as a result. The area must be cleaned or a visit to the vet might be necessary at this point.

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Which Foods Help a Budgie Poop?

Try to expand the diet of your budgie from the same seeds. Look to add seeds such as:

  • Flax
  • Sesame
  • Sunflower
  • Pumpkin

Also add more fruits and vegetables to bulk up their stool with healthy and smooth passing foods to help them digest and relieve themselves better.

How Do You Treat a Constipated Budgie?

  • Fiber
  • Water
  • Cleaning
  • Oil

Fiber And Water

Constipation will lead to illness if left untreated. Start with fiber and water. Change their diets slightly by adding in fiber rich foods along with plenty of water in their cages.


Clean the area. The anal opening could be blocked and might need your help. The opening or cloaca could be blocked when they make contact with dirt, seed casings or other matter that gets in the way. Look to remove them.


Try oil. Use a vegetable oil by dipping their food in it. The lubrication from the oil may help pass the impacted stool. You can also use a dropper with oil and place it into your budgie’s mouth carefully to directly insert the oil into its body.

Can my Parakeet Be Constipated?

Your parakeet or budgie may end up being constipated. If you notice your parakeet or budgie straining or exerting more effort to relieve itself throughout the day, there is a problem. It may lead to a lack of appetite and a weakened immune system.

Look out for:

  • Mucus in the dropping
  • A darker green color
  • Blood

If you see these signs of infection or avian illness, it’s time to visit the vet.


Budgies can get constipated. They will be less social, pluck their feathers out of stress or stop eating. A female budgie might be pregnant and the eggs inside her could be causing this difficulty.

Add more fiber enriched foods, plenty of water, clean the area and hopefully a trip to the vet will not be required if things return to normal soon.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why Does My Budgie Have Poop Stuck?

A diet consisting of only seeds makes the waste seem sticky and easy to get stuck. Relying only on dry seeds may impact their stools. Try to add more fiber rich foods, more water and some fruits or veggies.

How Often Should A Budgie Poop?

A healthy budgie may poop up to 40-50 times a day. You may notice this waste occurring every 12-15 minutes. It is even common to witness a budgie pooing while it is sleeping. If you’re not noticing this type of frequency, add more food rich in fiber and may sure your budgie is not constipated.

How Do You Get Poo Off Budgies?

Try using cotton balls dipped in warm water and be gentle when trying to remove the waste off their anal openings to not cause any irritation.

A soft cloth or gauze may also work, but don’t resort to this cleaning procedure as a daily routine. They should be able to take care of it without us interfering all the time.

Do Budgies Have Morning Poops?

You will notice your budgie’s poop in the mornings to be the heaviest. It will poop all day long, but the morning is where you will see the most. Clean the area frequently to prevent any harm from this waste getting on their feathers or food.


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