Budgie is getting thin

by Rachel
(Califonia)

I got two budgies about two and a half months ago. This is the first time I've owned birds. Both are pretty active. The girl (at least I think she's a female) is very talkative and active. She hops and climbs all over the cage and plays and swings on her toys.

Just in the last week or so I noticed that she's starting to look a bit thin. She doesn't seem sick though. She's just as active as always and I do see her eat, drink, use the cuttlebone, and go after the millet seed I put in. I'm worried about her but I'm not sure what to do. Is this normal, or should I see if I can find a vet?

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Apr 30, 2012
Thin budgie
by: Tracie

Yes, if when a bird gets fat or thin, has eating or drinking habits change or anything out of the ordinary you should take it to an avian vet to be examined.

Many people that purchase budgies and other birds at pet stores do not know that they should be feeding their birds pellets. Or if they do feed pellets, they feed the colored pellets or cheap pellets that are full of chemicals and/or sugar that cause health problems.

First you will need to Find an Avian Vet for your bird so it can be examined to determine what is wrong and what the potential treatment might be. Then when the bird has been given a clean bill of health you can convert your bird to pellets.

Most birds should eat 80% pellets, but budgies should eat more like 60% pellets and the rest healthy treats that include seed. Do NOT give your bird vitamins or supplements sold at pet stores. They can overdose your bird with a vitamin that it doesn't need or hurts their already ailing kidneys etc. Get a prescription for exactly what your bird needs.

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