is this normal for a young bird?

by sadie
(california)

my 5 month old parrotlets keel bone is easy to feel but other wise he is fine he soesnt act weird or sick in any way i have had him for exactly a week and his keel bone has been like this since ive gotten him is there something wrong? does is always mean a bird is sick if its keel bone is easy to feel?

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Mar 18, 2012
he is alright!
by: Sadie

i tok him to the vet he is a healthy baby boy he weighs what he should. and his sneezing is just because we have a dusty house. heh..:/..
she gave me a chart to help me start feeding only pellets instead of seeds and she said it was probably going to take around 10 days for him to get used to the pellets but he started eating them with in two days! he eats pellets just fine he seems to love them, in fact!
idk if anyone will see this since it has been so long but is "PRETTYBIRD" brand Pellets for birds, good for him? is it a healthy brand?
thanks you
love sadie.

Editor's note: If they are colored, have sugar or a ton of chemicals in them, they are not healthy pellets. Our avian vet suggests Harrison's or Roudybush pellets.

Mar 07, 2012
he is definitely under weight
by: Anonymous

Because it feels like he has no muscle around it it feels sharp I barely have to touch his chest and i feel it every time I nudge him to get on my finger I can feel it I am going to take him to am avian vet tomorrow and we will see what's wrong with him
Sadie

Mar 07, 2012
Keel bone sticking out
by: The Avian Vet

This indicates that your bird is under weight. What does he weigh? I recommend that you have him examined by an avian veterinarian and you need to get a scale and weigh him regularly until he is back to normal. It may be that you can feel the edge of the keel, but there is pectoral muscle mass on both sides and he is normal. The only way to know is have him examined by a professional.

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Dr B

Mar 03, 2012
Sadie, can I please tell you....
by: Anonymous

You CAN feel any healthy birds keel bone. It is normal. If you cannot feel any birds keel bone the bird is fat. How much you feel the keel bone will depend on if your parakeet is skinny or not.

If your birds keel bone is protruding & feels pointy or sharp then yes your bird is seriously under weight. A healthy felt keel bone will not be protruding to the point it too noticeable & will not look or feel sharp. Healthy keel bones have muscle surrounding & padding them. You will be able to tell the difference between a healthy felt keel bone & skinny keel bone.

If in doubt take your bird to an avian vet to get checked out but I highly doubt it's starving to death just feeling a normal keel bone, sheesh...

Mar 03, 2012
Okay
by: Anonymous

Okay thank you I will and btw he is eating he eats a mixture of seeds pellets and I give him vegi's and fruit he doesnt throw up I've checked for that but I will let you know what happens:) thank you
Sadie

Mar 03, 2012
is this normal for a young bird?
by: Linda

It means your bird is starving to death plainly and simply. Get him to an Avian Vet in your driving area immediately because bird's keel bones should not be easily felt nor seen. Your bird may have been sick for a long time, and either breeder or pet store failed to care enough to take him to an Avian Vet. Find an Avian Vet

This happens all the time with people who should not breed birds. People not willing to give them the quality food and medical services they need, do not have any business breeding any kind of animals and especially the parrots. Breeding is time consuming, requires a lot of knowledge and money. Otherwise, it is an exercise in watching precious beings die from lack of care. It is cruelty above and beyond the definition of cruelty.

Move on this quickly because he is starving to death, and will not last much longer. If he is eating, then he is either eating the wrong foods or he's throwing it up when you're not looking. You have a serious problem here or rather your bird has a serious problem, so get him to the Avian Vet ONLY now.

Let us know what avian vet has to say and write back in for information on how he should be fed.

Linda

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