eating a lot, not sleeping, and constantly scratching herself

by tanzeela
(toronto,ontario,canada)

hello! so recently (like since two days ago) our parakeet of about 4 years (we got her when she was 2 and a half) started eating constantly. Everytime we would look into her cage she would be by her food bin eating, whether we looked during the day or night. This is unusualy because we haven't seen her act this way before. Also we never see her sleep anymore. She has never been shy to sleep in front of us. Sometimes when she would be outside and we would be talking, so would just cuddle up and sleep. But now even in the middle of the night, she would be us just grooming herself, constantly!
What we tried to do so far: we limited her food supply, and today we even removed the food bin so she wouldn't be eating all througout the night. We let her drink however much though. I know they can survive a while without eating, but we don't plan on starving her. Just forcing her to stop eating constantly! We noticed that when she would sit fluffed up, her front chest will bulge out more than usual, but when we restrict her food and give her only to drink, the bulge becomes smaller so we think that helps, but we don't know for how long to do this.
Thank you.

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Mar 18, 2013
Parrot
by: Alex

Even though she is sleeping now, you still need to get her checked out.

You say she may be bored and bored birds may eat to occupy themselves.

Does she have toys to play with and are they rotated on a regular basis?

Mar 17, 2013
Additional info
by: Anonymous

Hi, I ust wanted to add more info to my above concern. Last night I did see her sleeping. I guess she just sleeps at her own time now. So when I said that she isn't sleeping, that isn't true anymore.
Also the fact that she is grooming herself too much could be out of paranoia. Maybe she is just bored since she doesn't have her food bin all the time so she grooms.
So the main concern remains that she constantly eats unless we deprive her of food at certain times. And her stomach bulges out when we feed her but seems okay when her food is limited.
Thanks you in advance.

Mar 17, 2013
Bird eating, scratching and not resting
by: Tracie

First of all, you really must take the bird to see an avian vet in person. Dr B can't diagnose over the Internet and can't prescribe antibiotics or other treatments without seeing the bird in person either. Please use this Find an Avian Vet link to find someone to examine your bird.

Your bird should be eating around 70% high quality pellets like Harrison's or Roudybush and only 30% healthy treats including seeds. If your bird eats colored pellets that are full of sugar and dyes, then it could be allergic to the pellets or have a fungal infection from the sugar.

If you are measuring the correct amount of pellets and treats, then your bird can NOT overeat or eat all day because it would run out of food.

Once your bird is well, here are two articles to help you convert your bird to a healthy diet. Choose the method you feel comfortable with.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Switching Budgies To Pellets article

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