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Diet and Nutrition Discuss issues related to diet and learn about encouraging your budgie to a variety of healthy foods
Thread Description:Two Budgies, One Cage, One Overweight and the other Underweight

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Old 03-13-2015, 06:20 AM
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The issue: My budgies are on either end of the weight spectrum.

Ollie is a little tubby around the middle. I don't think you could feel his breastbone if you tried. We like to joke that when he sits on our finger, he almost breaks it.

Sally is a poor little thing. Her breastbone is juuuust visible, and when you hold her, it's the first thing you feel.

The situation: Ollie and Sally live together in a cage. A metre away is wher ethey spend most of their time, on a perch of a size more suited to a cockatoo. I have recently installed a 'spiral staircase' (aka ropes like this winding around the post of the perch, as Sally is 'disabled'. She is unable to fly for any distance, and really struggles to get height. She can fly easily from the perch to the cage, but if at any time she ends up on the floor (gets spooked by us walking past, crashes on her way to the cage or attempts to follow Ollie when he goes for a fly), she has to rely on us to get her back up. This was a problem whenever we were out, as she would have no way of getting back to her cage.

That issue is now resolved, but the poor girl is panting by the time she gets halfway up the staircase. She's so frail, and stresses so easily. Ollie meanwhile hangs upside down on the perch, squawking at her to hurry up.

Whilst I'm hoping that Sally will start eating more, she only eats seed. Ollie, on the other hand, is quite happy to eat anything that we are eating (though oftentimes he just makes a mess of it). Just the other day, he gorged himself on zucchini, the first time he tried it. It helps that he is a friendly budgie. Sally is anything but. If it was possible, she would have nothing whatsoever to do with us.

What I'm asking, is how can I try and get weight on Sally whilst maintaining (or hopefully losing) Ollie's weight? I'm planning to start trying feeding them the same as what I'll soon be feeding my breeding pairs, in the hope that Sally will follow Ollie's lead. But, Ollie really doesn't need any extra food!

It probably sounds horrible, but I was (jokingly) considering clipping Ollie's wings so he had to use the 'staircase' too, and keep putting him at the bottom of it to make him run laps xD

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What are you offering your budgies for food? What does each weigh?
Put sally in the cage and do budgie exercise with the cock on a daily basis?
reduce seed to basic canary, millet-red and white,oat groats.Give sally the high protein breeder type pellets like Roudybush nibbles breeder and put cock on the weight loss in nibbles/crumbles or mini and grind up the mini. budgies like the smaller size pellets. Give them both electrolyte and probiotics for nutrients . reduce millet spray for cock and increase for the hen. Add nutriberries to transition to pellets limit cocks but ala carte for the hen Increase fresh/frozen veggies like peas corn, and carrots, and broccoli bake birdy cornbread and stuff veggies and egg food in it. Add extra egg food for hen Weigh them daily. I would have a vet check them out and suggest a diet for each be sure there is not a hormone/thyroid reason for weight issue. they may need to eat separately until the weight is balanced and make sure hen has easy access to food and drinking water. Exercise for him and possible PT for hen for legs or wings. Fly him once or twice a day till he is tired. Limit food available to the cock add flax to the hen's diet. Ask the vet if they have a diet for each based on any health issues vet may discover. For a while at least they may need to live near but in seaparate cages. Please Let us know what you and vet decide for their weight plan.
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