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BalukMagic
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So I had some nasty soup the other day and I.....

Just joking, I'm not the one puking, my bird is. Now, it's not so much puking, but rather, coughing, up the food. He sticks his feathers out, and then opens his mouth, and all the food comes out as he "coughs".

Sick, normal? Help!
Dave Scribner
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Mark, are you giving the dove grit regularly? Regardless, you need to take the bird to the vet. It sounds like it has a blockage in it's digestive tract but I'm not a doctor. What you dove is doing is not normal.
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My dove does the same thing if I her too much safflower seed or sunflower seed.
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I agree with Dave, get that bird to an avian vet pronto! A blockage can kill quickly. Please do not wait and let us know what the vet says. Good luck and we will keep good thoughts going for your dove.

Since we are on the subject of, uh... PUKE, here is more "food for thought" regarding barfing birds:

I have seen birds vomit like this after someone has "routinely" sprayed for fleas or roaches.
Spraying = Bad idea. The spray settles in the water and poisons the birds. They need a vet for this ASAP!

I have seen birds vomit like this when the bird was dusted for mites. They usually recover fine without additional care.

Finally, I have seen birds regurgitate food for another bird as a show of deep affection, but they usually lock beaks and barf into each other's beaks. Ah, true love...(Natural but nasty!) I have even seen doves regurgitate to try and "affectionately feed their own reflection" in a mirror.

So please add this helpful information to your "Why does my birdie puke?" file for future reference. Smile
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I have a Yellow-cheeked Amazon that is over 30 years old. Whenever I spend more than ten minutes with the bird, she eventually starts to regugitate a small amount of food, and it is definitely an expression of affection ! She offers it to my hand each time. This usally happens after I have been stroking her feathers for a few minutes. Very strange, but I checked with several parrot pros here in Florida, and they all agreed that it is quite normal for the bird to do this. Kind of like when my little boy used to wipe his face on my shirt after eating (thank God he grew into using napkins !). Just a strange way of saying "I Love You"......

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WKM
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I have never seen my birds doing this, but then I suppose they are after all just as able as us.

Autumn, Very interesting. Funny, Gross, but interesting. I will look for the affectionate ones for sure, and keep my eyes open for the others just incase.

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This can simply be the parenting instincts. (And I bet you thought that you were the adult! Right?)

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