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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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I got this budgie a few months ago, and he/she looks a lot bigger than my other budgies. i’ve attached two images (in the second image he/she is the one on the swing). Does he/she look overweight? Also what are some things I can do to help lower his/her weight? Any suggestions on what kind of diet I can provide that will promote a healthy weight?
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Depending on the weather, the bird could be puffed up to stay warm. As for food if it is overeating, just feed the bird less food on a daily basis as you ask around to find the best way for weight and the birds health to trim the bird down if it needs to be done. Will look better also. But this is still winter, cold could be puffing the bird up to stay warm. Spring starts soon. You can tell better then.
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In the second picture the bird is fluffed up a bit making it look larger. The best thing to do is purchase a gram scale so you can weigh the birds, and then you can get an idea if the bird is really overweight. Even budgies can have slightly different frames so what is overweight for one may not be for another. What are you currently feeding your birds? If it is just seeds that is not a complete diet for them and can cause them to gain weight if you are not controlling how much they are eating. You should be offering them pellets as well as seed along with fresh veggies. There are lots of articles on the forum that will give you info about the best practices in many areas of care, please take a look at them and if you have questions, please ask.
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I recommend you remove the wooden dowel perch in the cage and replace it with natural wooden perches of varying diameters to help prevent pressure sores.

Pressure Sores

The information in this link will give examples of better options for perches:

Essentials for a Great Cage

Have you taken your budgie to an Avian Vet for a wellness check-up? If not, I would suggest you do so.

The budgie does look to be overweight but, as Cody indicated, it is difficult to know from pictures.
Are you giving the budgie out-of-cage time to fly and get exercise?

A Healthy Diet for your Budgie

Nutritional Diseases in Budgies

Obesity and Overfeeding Pet Birds

Is Your Bird Overweight?

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Hi there,

You've been given great advice. Your budgie doesn't look abnormally large. If you're worried about his/her weight, it's best to get a vet appointment because it can be hard to tell just by looking, since they've got so many feathers

Your budgies are adorable! Be sure to read through the links provided above to ensure you're up to date not he best of budgie care practices. If you have any questions after doing so, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help.

What are your budgies' names?

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Hi there
Great advice has been given to you above. Your budgies don’t look abnormally overweight, but a gram scale will tell you exactly what they weigh. If they let you handle them, you can also hold them on their back and blow the feathers away to expose the bare abdomen. Down towards the bottom end, you’ll see yellowish fat deposits if they’re too heavy. In a severe case it will be on the breast area as well.n

We also have lots of good advice and answers to questions in our Stickies and Articles, so be sure to check these areas out .
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