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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 11-09-2017, 05:43 PM
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Feeling quite defeated right now. I haven't been able to weigh my budgies in ages because the scales needed new batteries and I just never got around to it. I got batteries and now intend to monitor their weights weekly. I weighed them yesterday and was extremely shocked by the results.

Belle: 40g
Petal 47g

At first I thought my scales were inaccurate but I checked them by weighing some water and there is nothing wrong with them.

Neither of my budgies look overweight, they both get regular exercise everyday. They have been on 2 teaspoons of seed a day each as well as veggies. I have recently tweaked their diet. They are finally eating their pellets and I have reduced their seed portions down to 1 teaspoon of sprouted seed each in the morning and half a teaspoon of dry seed each in the evening.

I'm unsure how this even happened. I only use millet as a treat for training. I believe one factor could be that I've noticed a high level of oat groats in their seed mix lately. I have heard people use these to help their budgies gain weight. With their new diet they only get some oat groats in their evening seed.

I'm also cutting out fruit for the time being and mainly focussing on vegetables. They aren't showing any signs at all of being sick which is good. They are active, bright eyed and and very happy little birds.

I will be monitoring their weight closely over the next few weeks and will reduce their seed portions again if there is no change.

I'm just wondering if there is anything else I can do to help my babies get back to a healthy weight. I know Belle isn't too bad, but she is at the high end of the healthy range. I'd like to get them both closer to 35 grams. Keep in mind these guys are both Australian budgies.

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Old 11-09-2017, 06:14 PM
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If they look and "feel" fine/healthy I wouldn't worry to much about it.
Sound as you already have them on a great diet.
Again, if they look and feel healthy, they most likely are
Maybe you could pick out the oat grains from the mix for a week and see if it makes a difference, if you suspect them to be the reason

Also, what time of the day did you weigh them?
If after their "sprouty" breakfast that would account for a bit of extra weight I would think as its a bit more "dense" than just dry seeds?

Just my 2 cent.

Edit: and since you just started weighing them again, you might have caught them at a "bad" time, maybe results will be different next week
Edit2: also it takes a while for the new diet of "healthy" to kick in I would assume, cannot imagine this diet making them gain weight!!!

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Thank you so much for your reply. It didn't occur to me that the time of day I weighed them would affect the results so much. I just weighed them again today before giving them their morning seed and Belle was 37g and Petal was 43g. Still a little on the heavy side, but no where near as drastic as before so I'm happy. I'll remember to weigh them first thing in the morning always. I think I will still stick to the 1 and a half teaspoons of seed since this has encouraged them to eat more of their veggies and pellets. I really relieved, I couldn't understand how Petal could possibly be 47 grams!
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There is quite a bit of water in the sprouts, even if they seem dry on the outside, all the good stuff is on the inside
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I don't give fruit at all because I don't think they need the calories. I also keep track of how much millet I'm using for training. This is because with all of the various foster budgies, I'm either giving them seeds/millet to help them get more comfortable with hands, or I'm giving it to the tamer budgies to demonstrate that it's safe! Once they will eat off of my open palm, I feed seed that way sometimes instead of using spray millet for treats/training. The budgies all tend to gain weight at my house so I have to be careful.

Interestingly, I had two foster cockatiels once that came to me with one of them underweight and one of them overweight. They both got to a better size on the exact same healthier diet.
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Also remember each budgie is different and so what's a healthy range for one bird might be different for another. I've always heard between 35 - 45 was considered healthy.

You can try a foraging method for feeding them. They'll take longer to eat and also have to work for their food. Take a tray or not too deep container and layer on the bottom some clean small rocks or aquarium safe glass and sprinkle their seed all around. You can even put a few sprigs of cilantro or dill over top once they get used to searching for food. I found this really helped my two lose a bunch of weight without reducing their feed. I keep fresh veg available at all times in random places within their cage.

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