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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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Old 01-28-2016, 01:01 AM
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So Chardonnay got sick during the winter and due to that he lost a lot of weight, he's getting better but what could I feed him to get him a bit fatter, like a few grams more.

And on the other hand I got another budgie a couple of weeks ago, she's the complete opposite, overweight. So much she can't even fly. Is there something I could feed her to help lose weight?

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To gain weight, I recommend you feed your budgie scrambled eggs, sunflower seeds and other oily seeds such as canola seeds, nyger etc. Make sure you keep the oily seeds fresh or frozen as they go ranked pretty quickly.

To eat non-oily seeds, Japanese millet is the lowest non-fatty seeds commercially available. You can also have proso millet as well, which is the very popular seed stables of red, pink, and white millets.

I hope that will give you some ideas.

And welcome to talkbudgies from Canada.

I hope to see some pictures of your budgies soon.

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Ah thanks for the suggestion! I tried oily seeds like that but he won't budge to eat them haha, he doesn't even like spray Millet. I don't know how Riesling will do as she always hogs the food bowl and she's so fat that the other can't get in lol.

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Hey, Nat!

I would feed them seperately, actually. If you feed them in the same cage, chances are Riesling will continue to hog the food bowl and not let Chardonnay eat his fill. Even with two food bowls (which is recommended for two budgies) it is probable she'll sneak extra helpings

Are they tame enough for you to let one of them out and put them in a separate cage to eat?
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Ah alright! They are pretty tame, the fat one not as much, can't even hold her on my finger for one second. >.< I can probably feed Chardonnay by hand. Thanks for the tip!
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Let us know how it goes! If Chardonnay is the tamest of the two, perhaps he should get his extra hearty meals outside and have Riesling stay in to eat. You could probably leave some low fat options (haha) like pellets in the cage all day apart from their meals in case they want to snack.

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A bit of an update: she's gotten fatter again Dx now she eats the entire bowl of food in one day, when usually it takes 2-3 days to empty it, leaving Chardonnay none and he just gets too thin

On the bright side her wings are growing in again so she can fly a bit more than usually.
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Nat allowing Riesling to eat like that is definitely not good for her You need to only place a couple of teaspoon full of seed in her cage for her. That is all she needs, if you can feed her in the cage and leave her there allowing Chardonnay to eat and not be stressed at the same time will be much better. Give her some greens and pellets to nibble on during the day.
I have a fat budgie the blue one in my signature, he is fed for ten minutes in the morning then the seed dish is removed. he has access to fresh greens all day. Then I put the seed dish back again at around five oclock for another ten minutes.
If you do not take control her health will suffer. She can grow fatty tumours as Blue did, luckily he survived the operation to remove it.
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Ah okay I see. I'll try to limit the amount of food in the cage, im probably gonna have to get another cage with food in it for Chardonnay because he's still a bit underweight. Or I could remove Riesling from the cage since she doesn't usually want to back in after she's out, and can run around more.

I'm just very worried that Chardonnay won't have enough food and starve at one point because Riesling tends to bit him until he leaves the food bowl, just to eat all of it
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If she is bullying and biting him then they definitely need to be separated, she can actually kill him. Stress, fear and lack of food are not good. Get them separate as soon as possible.
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