male budgie is wasting food feeding mate

by Sherry
(South Carolina)

My male budgie is wasting food by trying to feed his young female mate. I'm going through way too much food. Will he re-eat the regurgitated food? And is that ok? He eats and feeds way too much food to her and they aren't very good at it yet. I eventually want them to have babies but so far he tries to feed her but she doesn't get much. Most of it falls on the floor of the cage. What should I do? I can't afford how much food he is going through when it just gets thrown away when I clean the cage.

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Feb 21, 2012
male budgie is wasting food feeding mate
by: Linda

I think you have a bigger problem than wasted food here. The most important thing you said was undigested food which is the problem part. Mother birds do feed their babies and it is called "crop milk" because it is liquid from being partially digested in their crops. Thowing up undigested food points to a possible viral disease or infection which is serious and has to be diagnosed and treated by an Avian Vet ONLY in your area. Please take them to only an avian vet because a dog and cat vet is not licensed or trained in diagnosis and treatment of birds and will either do nothing and charge you a lot or do the wrong thing and charge you MORE. Either way, your birds could die from incorrect diagnosis and treatment.

The little female also needs to be taken in and checked because viral and bacterial infections are passed through being in close proximity and from eating and drinking from same dishes.

Please do not wait to take them to the Avian Vet because your bird appears to be wasting seeds because he keeps trying to eat, and it may be that food is not going any further than his crop before being thrown up. If this is the case, and I hope it's not, he will waste away without some medical intervention.

Let us know what avian vet has to say, and I hope this is not as serious as it sounds and that your birds can be treated and brought back to good health.Thanks very much for caring enough to write, and we will await your report back.

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Linda

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