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Diet and Nutrition Discuss issues related to diet and learn about encouraging your budgie to a variety of healthy foods

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I brought home my first birds in July of last year. They are two english budgies, one male (Peter) and one female (Ana). I believe they're both about a year old. I've been worried by the extremely different feel of their breastbones. Peter's breastbone has always seemed to be more prominent while you can barely feel Ana's breastbone. I was able to weigh them both a week ago with Peter around 35 grams and Ana around 50 grams. How can I get Peter to fatten up? Peter also flies around much more than Ana.

Daily diet usually includes classic nutriberries and avicakes, oat groats, millet, and a daily fruit or vegetable changing weekly (brocoli, parsley, lettuce, spinach, carrots, banana, apples)

I've tried having two separate food containers and increasing the amount of millet I give them. There's always plenty of food available, so I don't understand why Peter seems not to be eating as much as Ana.

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Welcome to talk budgies James. 35 grams seem's kind of light for an english budgie that is getting close to a year old. You are doing a wise thing by weighing him, and I would continue with that. If he is doing an excessive amount of flying he will be burning off a lot of calories. Your diet sound's spot on, I would suggest limiting is flight activities and keeping that good food going and see if he start's gaining a little. Hopefully some of our more experienced people here will jump in with some good advice for you. Are his dropping's normal looking, and everything else seem in order with him ? Are you sure he is English ? Post some pics of them when you get a chance...
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Thanks for your reply Jonah! Here's a photo of Peter.
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Wow....what a beauty...

With the size of his crest, I would think he is at least half english. The mauve colored hen in my sig pic is small, I havent weighed her in a long time, but she was around 42 g's at close to a year.

Like I said, some of our more expert member's will weigh in with their thought's , so keep an eye on your thread....that is one pretty boy...
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Someone here told me oat groats helped her budgie gain weight
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Hello and a warm TB welcome to you and your boy who by the way is very handsome You can buy some conditioning food like Egg and Bicuit mix from the pet store or there are some excellent recipes on how to make your own here on the forum , on the left of the page scroll through all of the information pages you will learn many valuable tips. Has your boy been wormed? If his poop is a normal two part, mostly faeces and a small white part that is the urine with no odd colouring and watery consistency. Also are his eyes clear and bright? Perhaps some probiotics would help as well I feed these to all of my budgies they are a great hep to the diet and welfare.
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That is small for an EB. My smallest is 46 grams and the largest is 52 grams. My sisters half english is just a hair over 40 and she was told he was underweight. Give him unlimited millet, that should help lol.
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