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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 Mum overfeeding? Is he okay?

I have my first group of babys and my youngest has a massive crop at the moment, all whitey stuff and is taking up all his neck space, will he be okay or do i need to make sure she doesnt feed him for a while? p.s. I cleaned the poop off his face after taking photo
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Welcome to the forums.

Have you been noticing this chick's crop emptying normally? When you gently palpate the crop, does it feel hard to the touch?
At this stage of development it should feel soft and squishy.

From the photo, I get the feeling something is not quite right with the chick and even though it's parent fed, it's possible that the chick has developed sour/slow crop and as a result the digestive process is put to a halt and the contents of the crop aren't emptying as they should.
Hens don't have the habit of overfeeding their chicks, to me it really seems the chick is having digestive problems.
You really need to see if this is the case or not.

If in fact the chick is not properly digesting the food and as result is also not pooping, you will need to seek urgent professional help from an avian vet specialist to hopefully assist the chick the best possible way. It's very important to keep this chick warm and hydrated, you may need to give it a tiny droplet of warm water on the beak with a little pipette or dropper.

You will also need to clean the nest box regularly as to prevent the chicks from getting poop on their faces, feet etc. This is also vital in terms of preventing bacteria build up. Hygiene protocols should be followed when raising chicks.

Be sure to update us on your chick. I'm wishing all the best for this chick and its siblings.
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I agree with aluz -- you need to see an Avian Vet for professional assistance with the chick.
Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma. This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment. This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.

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I agree, the chick looks off, the crop contents have a doughy look to them, this baby needs some medical attention.
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I agree, the chick looks off, the crop contents have a doughy look to them, this baby needs some medical attention.
Yes, if you notice the chick's colours it also seems to show signs of dehydration.
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Yes, if you notice the chick's colours it also seems to show signs of dehydration.
Yes, this will not correct itself, the crop contents need to be rehydrated and worked their the body or rehydrated and removed from the crop.. Either way needs an experienced hand to do... OP, How is the chick now??
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Hello and to the forums!

I'm sorry your chick is in such poor condition, and I do hope he pulls through. As mentioned, he really needs professional help, so I hope you were able to get him to a qualified avian vet.

How is he doing now?

Be sure to read through all the links provided so you're aware of the new information on the best practices for budgie care, and if you have any questions afterwards, please ask!

Hope to hear an update! I'm keeping the little one in my prayers

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