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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 08-23-2016, 04:38 PM
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Hi.. I took Sahara to the avian vet yesterday for her very first visit. Her beak seemed longish (is that a word?) to me, and indeed, it needed a trim.
He asked me very pointed questions about her diet and reminded me that seed diets and overfeeding caused keratin growth, resulting in quickly growing beaks and nails!
She eats pellets and seeds and a few veggies, and I think my problem is with OVER feeding her. So, I am heeding this reminder and 1) using a higher percentage of pellets and 2) reducing her seeds and overall calories.
Her weight was normal and he said she wasn't really fat, but to watch her, due to the beak growth.
Also, I didn't know lower beaks could be a problem! He said that can cause as many or more problems for eating than the top beak.
He said overgrown beaks can lead to scissor beak and many other problems.
I thought this was a good reminder for me, so thought I'd share it in case others might need the same reminder!

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Thanks for posting the reminder for the members, Judy.

Overfeeding a seed diet can definitely lead to a great number of health problems.

For those who have not read them, these articles are a good resources:

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...-diseases.html

Obesity and Overfeeding Pet Birds

Is Your Bird Overweight?
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I'm glad that Sahara's vet visit went well, Judy! It's always good to do a "diet check" every once in a while to ensure our little ones are eating the best they can!

Thanks for the reminder
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