Budgie sudden weight gain

by Alex
(London, UK)

I recently went away for 4 nights, and my Dad took my two budgies to his house, (where one of them was born), and he fed them "Trill" bird seed and treat sticks.

At home I feed them "Harrisons" pellets, as recommended by Dr B, and "Trill" as an evening treat.

The older female budgie has suddenly gained weight (not sure how much, as she dislikes being handled, but she looks a lot fatter than when she left. The juvenile budgie looks no different.

She looks as if she is fluffed up, but I have stroked her belly, and she is not fuffier than usual, and looks like that during her normal daily business, which has not changed. She is still just as active.

My question is, could an all seed diet do this within 4 nights or could she be getting ready to lay. I don't think an internal growth could grow so quickly.

If she may be getting ready to lay (sterile eggs), what behaviour would I be likely to see?

She is eating more egg food and has started using her cuttlebone.

Should I provide nesting just in case?

Would she need to see an avian vet to determine things?

If she is just overwight, how could I bring the weight back down? (As mentioned above, the juvenile one has not visibly gained weight.)

Any help or advice is greatly appreciated.

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Oct 11, 2012
Budgie sudden weight gain
by: Linda

Get both your birds back on the Harrison's and leave off any other supplements especially egg food. If you read instructions found on bag and on Harrisons' site, you will see that you do not feed ANY animal protein while feeding Harrisons foods. Your Dad should have continued feeding the Harrisons and I cannot see why he did not.

If your bird is swollen, she needs to be seen by an Avian Vet ONLY right away. Do not put any nesting stuff in there as these birds are not ready to breed and raise babies. Breeding does not have to be done ever. Just because birds, dogs, cats and other pets CAN breed is no reason to breed them. Humans could learn from that idea if they'd just be open to the suggestion we don't have to have babies just because we can. Any breeding needs to take into consideration all the genetics involved up to and including blood testing for genetic markers for disease. The object with animals and people is to produce the best of the species not weak, malformed and disease ridden individuals who suffer their entire lives because of a lack of thought put into the breeding in the first place. Sorry to get on my "soapbox" about this, but is common for humans to think everything, including themselves, has to breed and have babies. Animals, in the wild, will not breed and produce young if there is not enough food or circumstances are not right. We could learn a lot from wild animals if only we'd stop thinking we have all the answers when we don't even have all the questions.I believe this is called Arrogance which only humans suffer from. Animals already know their places in nature and the universe.

Thanks for writing,

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