Budgies Swollen Cloaca Symptoms and Treatments

Last Updated on April 18, 2022 by Ali Shahid

Budgies Swollen Cloaca Symptoms and Treatments

Budgie Swollen cloaca or prolapse of the cloaca or prolapse of the vent is a condition that must be treated as soon as possible. It is possible that the internal organs that hang outside the vent can suffer considerable trauma, and this injury can have serious effects on the bird’s health in the future.

Budgies Swollen Cloaca Symptoms and Treatments

Aside from cockatoos, birds of smaller breeds such as budgies, cockatiels, and chickens who live in captivity of this condition are also known to suffer from it. If you want to prevent any complications in the future, you must replace the prolapsed cloaca as soon as possible.

It should be possible for your veterinarian to reintegrate the protruding mass if you can keep it clean and moist to prevent it from drying out. Your bird’s cloaca stores urine, feces, and urinates as well as the egg. It hangs outside its vent as a result of a prolapse.

Causes Of Budgies Swollen Cloaca

Cloacal prolapse is a long-term strain on the vent which has led to its collapse. There can be several reasons for this varying from physical to behavioral. There seems to be a higher tendency for cloacal prolapse among hand-reared and hand-fed birds with delayed weaning.

It has also been discovered that birds who are extremely attached to one person and recognize this person either as a parent or mate have a higher chance of developing cloacal prolapse.

In addition to holding feces for long periods, they will also cry out for food, putting strain on their vents and cloaca throughout the process. Moreover, the misplaced sexual attraction toward the person affects the opening of the vents as well as the stretching of the veins.

A similar problem can also occur with birds that tend to hold in their stool for long periods, such as overnight, rather than dropping it as it is getting close to the cloaca.

As a result, any one of these factors can affect the vent, which could result in squeezing, dilating, or stretching, making the bird a prime candidate for cloacal prolapse or Budgie Swollen Cloaca.

Symptoms of Budgie Swollen Cloaca

I truly believe that the budgie you have is a master at keeping her illness hidden since it has developed hereditary responses because ill birds are often targeted by predators since they are easy prey.

Thus, to observe any changes in its personality or behavior, you will need to pay close attention and watch your bird closely. You may find that your budgie appears quiet and sad and may not be moving around very much.

It is also possible that your cage may be lacking droppings. It is possible that your bird would strain when passing droppings or eggs. The feathers may appear fluffed out which is not normal.

Additionally, there may be blood in the droppings, which is also not normal. There is a lack of appetite, a tail bobbing motion, an open mouth breathing motion, excessive grooming, particularly around the vent, and dirty feathers covered with mashed dirt.

Infection may cause an unpleasant odor to come from the area.

Budgies Swollen Cloaca Treatment

Before a veterinarian performs necessary tests, he will be sure to carefully reposition the vent into the proper position to prevent any further complications.

Following the placement of the organs back into the vent, your vet may need to add a few stitches to close the opening sufficiently enough to maintain the organs’ integrity and still allow for toiletry concerns.

 Many bird species are hypothermic and require immediate warmth as soon as possible. Depending on what your bird needs, it may require warm fluids and antibiotics to stay healthy.

Surgical procedures are sometimes necessary in severe cases of the prolapsed cloaca, which can range from a minor procedure to a more invasive one.


The problem is complicated by several factors that are out of our control. There are several factors that we can control. To achieve these goals, it is crucial to maintain a clean environment for the birds, remove the birds that are predisposed to egg binding and overlaying, minimize obesity among the birds, and encourage exercise among them.

The early symptoms of this disease can be detected by observing your pet’s daily habits to identify the early signs. Whenever your pet bird shows any signs of a disease, it is a serious condition that requires immediate attention.

It does not matter which component of the disease is showing symptoms. We have many instances when sick birds present themselves to us in advanced stages of the disease, since birds are masters at hiding illnesses, and we have to deal with them all too often.

Due to the lack of proper care being provided early in the disease process, when it can be most beneficial, we are losing our ability to return these birds to normal health.


  • Ali Shahid

    Ali Shahid is a veterinarian by profession and an animal lover. He loves to give expert opinions about different animals. He has worked in top organization of birds like Bigbird Feed and Poultry Research institute. He loves birds, especially parrots and has great experience in different parrot farms.

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