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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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Default Do budgies overeat?

Sometimes I put a big romaine lettuce leaf in my budgie's cage and he spends a lot of time just working at it. Would he regulate how much he should eat or should I make sure to give him smaller portion sizes to make sure?

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I've not encountered any in person but have read and seen a few pics and videos of 'obese' budgies. So the answer is yes, they are perfectly capable of overeating. Just like us, it's all down to genes, personal history and environment. Now having said that, I'm pretty sure that a lot of lettuce would be as fattening to a budgie as it would be to you

However it should be noted that lettuce has got a lot of water in it and from what I read, too much can give budgies diarrhoea. Just like us: everything in moderation

It's great that your budgie likes leafy greens (feeling jealous a little). How about varying the offer with kale, spinach, carrot and celery tops, dandelion, etc.?

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Most budgies, remain slender, but illness, stress, etc. can cause individual reactions. Be sure if you have just one budgie that they get lots of interactive exercise with family members. Our walk in flights have seed /pellets in gravity feeders that budgies can eat from at will. Individual budgies with excess loss or gain come into the observation cages for adjusted diet/meds as needed.
We have flock leaders in each flight and they keep the flock moving all day.
We can hear the wirrr--- of wings here in the computer room. Play stations and things to chew helps keep birds active. and of course playing with you is really important. Birds will bulk up in cold weather, and breeding time, then slim
down in the heat of South Georgia summers. So young birds and stages of life in adult birds can cause weight flux. Use weight and droppings as part of your daily health check monitoring.Individual birds can be put on a vet directed diet.
After checking that fatty liver etc are not the cause. Active birds can be added to a cage with a slow bird and this will often stimulate the budgie potato to get moving.. Again, a single bird needs your interaction.

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I had the most adorable little recessive pied mostly white (mauve) budgie named Pix, who was my Twigs' best friend until last July when he passed. Pix ate and ate and ate and ATE . BUT, that wasn't normal behavior. It was determined by his vet that he had genetic disorders and possibly thyroid, that affected his metabolism and hunger mechanism. He went from 30 grams to 54 very quickly, despite being on the same diet as Twigs (who is still normal weight to this day). Diet and increased exercise for Pix wasn't helpful. It got to where he wouldn't lose much even while dieting, and he got so terribly obese that he couldn't do much activity. By then he had irreversible damage, and digestive problems, and he was literally on borrowed time by then. So NORMALLY, a bird will know when they've had enough in one sitting and stop eating.

When Twigs lived in the room with the parrots, he would raid their pellet bowls and gorge himself full until it looked like he was about to pop. When I moved him away from the parrots and into his flight cage in the other room, he continued the overeating from his own bowl at first... I remembered what happened with Pix, so I immediately started measuring out Twigs' meals. NO more free feeding. Plus vet said he was about 6-8 grams overweight. I'd feed him 1/4 tbsp pellets enough times per day (which was a royal pain). This lasted several weeks, maybe a month, and recently I noticed that I don't have to ration like that anymore. He is back to only eating a "portion" at a time! Thank goodness that in Twigs' case it seemed behavioral, rather than medical like his late buddy Pix.
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