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

2 white face ccockatiels
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If these contractions get disrupted which can happen with diarrhea, the food moves forward too fast. Because the food is moving too fast it’s no longer being absorbed by the colon and actually enhances polyuria.


I know it’s a lot to wrap your head around.

The best thing you can do for your bird is to weigh him or her weekly.

Polyuria can come and go.

It can be triggered by stress, pellet conversion (the bird may be drinking more water), brooding & and feeding offsprings because they are drinking more water to dilute regurgitated food.

Because fruit and vegetables contain a lot of water a bird may become temporarily polyuric after eating said foods.

written by mitch rezman
approved by catherine tobsing

Also published on Medium.


He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they would visit their monthly birdie brunch in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.