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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 01-02-2017, 09:28 AM
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My female budgie has gain to much weight recently. My male gain 1 gram but the female has weigh a lot of gram. My mom mentioned to me that perhaps she is going to have babies. But I don't think that is possible for now. She is not bond with the male, they are just friends.

Both have been on seed diet with some celery or other vegetables. I once tried millet and they eat it. And I put some vitamins feather terrific on their food.

Since then at least the female has gain a lot of weight. I don't know what is the normal weight for a budgie. I tried on Harrison pellets and her poo change to some sort of green and was sticking on her feather and I try to clean her but she didn't let me.


Any kind of change on their diet will reflect on their poo right? When should I worried about abnormal changes on their poo?

I have attached a picture of her weight ( that weigh is grams)


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Old 01-02-2017, 09:35 AM
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Budgies have a tendencies to gain weight fast...and i think specially with females..
Being round and fluffy doesn't mean cute and healthy...you should not make them seed junkies...with my budgies the male is eating again carrots and the female imitates him now...wait for the veterans to tell you the precise answer

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Old 01-02-2017, 09:57 AM
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damag -

As you know, most of your questions have been asked and answered many times.
Did you check the stickies and budgie articles?

Posting a picture of Ibi would be helpful so we can see if it appears she has gained too much weight.

For an "American"/Pet type budgie, the ideal weight is often between 25 -39+ grams, averaging 35, based on body size.

English budgies average is around 45 grams with it ranging from 42 grams to 60 grams depending on body size.

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

Obesity and Overfeeding Pet Birds

Is Your Bird Overweight?

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-diet...ur-budgie.html

The key to a healthy diet for budgies is much the same as it is for humans and other animals.
You are best to serve foods in moderation.

There are tips in the Diet and Nutrition section for introducing new foods to your budgies.
It takes time, patience and persistence.

kale
chard
collard greens
fresh beet greens
fresh mustard greens
fresh turnip greens
endive
romaine
watercress
fresh sprouts

chickweed and dandelion leaves (ensure they have not been chemically treated)

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...or-health.html

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-gene...gs-normal.html
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It's good that she was willing to eat Harrison's pellets and if I were you I would continue. With some animals, I know it's important to let them get used to a new diet gradually for their digestive system to adjust. I would try the Harrison's again, but initially just feed a little, and then gradually increase it.

It is vitally important to get them down to the recommended amount of seed per day, but don't do it all at once.

Celery is OK, but they need to eat a variety of vegetables. I am fortunate in that I've always had some birds that were used to eating vegetables, so they teach the others to as well. All the same, you need to offer a variety every day and in different forms until you find what they like.

Since this has been an ongoing issue, it would be helpful for you to keep a journal of what you offer them every day, how it was presented, and their response to it. Budgies sometimes have to see the same thing several times before they will try it. Other times, they will dive right in (think romain lettuce ).
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Thank you ! I'm a bit worried. Right now as I mentioned before I'm giving them seed and also Harrison pellets. Their poo has changed of color and I don't know if that is something I should worry about or if it's normal. Could you guide me on this?



Is this something I should expected.
I have been trying to introduce the pellets. They don't get crazy about Harrison's so sometimes I mix it, sometimes I just give them pellets and change the food later on


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Those softer, lighter coloured droppings are characteristic of a budgie who is eating pellets as well as seeds It seems they are taking to the Harrison's!
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Those softer, lighter coloured droppings are characteristic of a budgie who is eating pellets as well as seeds It seems they are taking to the Harrison's!


Thank you so much for replying so soon! I feel so relieved now! I was getting worried. I would like to learn more about poopology as way to identify or prevent budgie's illnesses


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