Budgie always eating

by Caroline
(Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

Hi, my budgie (age unknown because it was found; over 5 years for sure) is constantly eating. Every time I go to give him more seeds, he jumps to the bowl right away. This morning I caught him eating on the ground where his droppings are, which I never saw him do because he always hated being down there and would freak out if he fell there. I also noticed that he is getting puffier and not singing as much, though winter is starting, so maybe he's going into hibernation?

He also has no reaction. Usually when I approach his cage, he would show a sign that he saw me, but today he had his head under his wing and not moving. I had to rattle the cage a bit to get him to show signs of life.

His food consists of only a mixture of seeds I get from the pet store (I have a feeling the seeds may be getting stale because the bag is almost done). He was never brought up eating veggies.

Thanks for your help in advance!

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Oct 09, 2011
Budgie always eating
by: Linda

Your bird is sick and needs to be taken to an Avian Vet for an exam for infections or other physical issues. Take him to ONLY an Avian Vet as dog and cat vets are not licensed or trained in the care of birds and will make matters worse.

The reason your bird is stuffing his face is to try and keep warm. A sick bird becomes unable to regulate their body temperature, and he's doing what he thinks will help him stay warm. Sick birds need to be kept warm and until you get him to the Avian Vet, put him in a small cage and keep him covered. Leave a couple of inches open at the bottom so he get air circulation and use a medium weight cover not something heavy.

Make no mistake about it, your bird is sick and will die without proper medical treatment with an Avian Vet.

Once bird is well, throw away the cheap, unhealthy seeds you're feeding him and get him started on some Harrison's High Potency pellets in the fine grind. Here is an article about changing from seeds to a high quality healthy pelleted diet written by an Avian Vet:

Switching Birds To Pellets article

The diet you have him on is called starvation diet as the seeds have no real nutrition just lots of fat and poor proteins. Get only the organic pellets as the cheaper ones like ZuPreem and Lafaebers are full of chemcials and are not good for birds. The organic pellets have no preservatives. dyes and sugar making them complete diets with or without veggies.

Let us know what the Avian Vet says, and you can find the Harrisons High Potency pellets here.


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