How did my bird get polyuria and what can I do?

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I have a cockatiel that has had extreme polyuria for years. the vet believes it is liver damage.

He is a heavy whiteface pied. those mutations have been known to develop liver problems. I am searching for ways to help his polyuria.

He is otherwise healthy and happy.

(sorry couldn’t find a white face pied pic)

Hi Michelle

ust paying my due diligence here I am aware that polyuria can manifest itself is a metabolic disorder affecting the liver and the pancreas

I just want to make sure that bacterial infections have been ruled out because many birds get them from drinking water with poop in it 

Polyuria may also be seen with diet changes like eating fruits and vegetables – which is temporary and normal – stress is also a trigger 

Just want to make sure you’re covering all your bases 


It so happens i have a picture of our “white face lutino” cockatiel popcorn

Feathered factoid: Michelle was spot on – mutation’s immune system are not as strong as a good old grey cockatiels – one of the most durable birds we know according to Dr. Byron at Animal House of Chicago.

You may call Popcorn a “white face lutino,” we think she’s an “albino” cockatiel – you say tomato

While I await Michelle’s response let’s talk a little about polyuria beginning with the three components of bird poop urine, urates and feces.

The cloaca serves as a reproductive and excrement tract from which all three flow out of the bird.

Urine the liquidy part of the droppings which when especially runny while the fecal side of things is still solid and has some form, may indicate your bird is polyurea.

Birds are creatures of habit so if they’re eating less or they seem a little run down these are indications of possible polyuria or some other avian malady. 

Should they start vomiting, exhibit diarrhea or you notice blood in the stool, its the time to take your bird to a board-certified avian veterinarian who can evaluate your bird’s condition and prescribe treatment. 

The intestinal track is responsible for the production of feces which are usually a greenish or brownish color. Kidneys are responsible for the production of urates.

A bird that drinks a lot of water may have runny your poop versus a bird that takes in less water will have soft toothpaste-ish consistancy, poop.


Changes in diet
Excessive fluid intake
Hormonal imbalances
Infectious diseases
Liver disease
Metabolic problems
Renal (kidney) failure
Steroid use
Vitamin imbalance
Watery fruits and vegetables

Possible triggers of polyuria

If your bird is drinking more water than normal this may be a red flag indicating infection or disease. If a bird’s kidneys were dysfunctional or lose the ability to create concentrated urine, this could trigger polyuria and dehydration from the excessive amount of water lost.

You can actually use any flat digital kitchen scale 

A healthy bird will will drive food through the digestive system using even intestinal tract contractions.

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