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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2005 5:49 pm    Post subject: mutes Reply with quote

hi guys,

this is going to be a real poopy question, litterally!! Very Happy I was just curious to know as to how the food breaks down in an owl's system and turns out the way it does!! what bits become the white bit, brown bits and other funny bits? (in other words an analysis of owl poop) what is what!! I hope this doesnt sound waffle Confused

I know i do come up with some strange thoughts!!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2005 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For once I'm glad I don't know enough to answer your question Bubo!

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All I know is that they digest all the digestable stuff and it becomes mutes after passing through their system. All the stuff that is not digestable is coughed up in their pellets. So they don't have much actual waste coming out in the form of mute, because most of the waste comes out in the pellets.... Cute Owl 2
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The brown (or other similar color) it's the real poop... The white is the equivalent to urine... Razz
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah Bubo what a sh*t question to ask Shocked Very Happy Very Happy


this page goes some way to explain it

http://www.owlpages.com/articles.php?section=Owl+Physiology&title=Digestion
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow everyone, we need a new topic Razz
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While we're on the niceties of owl behaviour - I thought I would just share this amusing one with you. When I first joined Owlpages I didn't know anything about owls (even less than I know now!) I thought the pellets were the poo and I saw on Owlpages home page one could buy pellets - I thought - omg - why on earth would anyone want that? Sad

On the other hand - why does anyone want pellets? Other than research?

Am I being very thick here? (Don't you dare answer Jester!)

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, a lot of science classes disect owl pellets. It is a great way for kids to learn and it's fun! As far as the rest of us, checking the pellets of our fine feathered friends lets us know that all is well with their system! If anyone out there just likes pellets and collects them however, that's a little weird, no offense.... Confused
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep - that was mostly what I thought - research/education etc. However, I did wonder whether people put them in likely owl places to attract more owls? Probably my overactive imagination at work again!! Laughing

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't think that they would use pellets to attract other owls, because most owls, unless looking for a mate, will look for areas with the least competition..... That's my best guess..
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks guys actually i did know that the unused stuff came up as pellets but i just wanted to know that the white/brown and other bits were.

Some people do actually use owl pellets to put in new nest boxes they have built. It lets new visitors think it is a good place to use Wink I have tried and tested Very Happy I think it was jenny who gave me this tip!!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Atomik wrote:
The brown (or other similar color) it's the real poop... The white is the equivalent to urine... Razz
so if there was a liver problem there would be no white stuff? (do owls poop and not necessarily urine at the same time?) hmm i'll have to look out for kadab's poops.


gees just watched the GHO ejecting pellets, kadabs only ejects one sometimes two Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wouldn't it be the kidneys rather than the liver? Or are you thinking of the food processing mechanism?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2005 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i do just mean food processing stuff but kidney's too i suppose would change the aspect of things.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2005 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most of the times they poop and urinate at the same time, but I've seen them doing it separetly! Sometimes the urine doesn't have color, it almost looks like water... Rolling Eyes
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