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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 06-12-2019, 03:56 PM
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Hello guys, I took my female budgie Coco to a checkup and it turns out she is slightly overweight. The vet (who is not an avian vet, but it's the only one I have found in my city that knows about birds and is willing to keep learning and work with me in order to check all my budgies) and I agreed that Coco needs more time outside her cage to exercise, but we are also going to try and find a proper diet for her to not keep gaining weight. I would like your help to know what kind of food I should add or take from her current diet.

Coco eats a lot of seeds, she loves pellets and her cuttlebone, those are always on the cage. When it comes to fruits and vegetables, she isn't that happy. I try to feed her at least twice a week some watermelon, mango or grapes, those are the type of fruits she is more willing to eat since I haven't had any luck with apples nor bananas. She is ok with carrots and cabbage but she will only eat it maybe once a week. Coriander is the only thing she probably loves as much as seeds, she probably could eat it daily. About proteins, I only give her around one spoonful of hardboiled egg once every two weeks. I read somewhere that milk was good for them as a protein as well, but I haven't taken the risk yet. All the food that I give to her is also what my other female Mora eats, since both share cage.

As a plus, I have bought mineral blocks and millet online, they are supposed to arrive tomorrow. Thank you!

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How are you offering her the seed, is it in a dish so that she can eat as much as she likes throughout the day? If so, stop that, and that is a good place to start by offering her a small amount twice a day, no more than a teaspoon at a time and do not fill up the dish so she can eat it all day. If she likes the pellets, if she gets hungry she will eat those if she has no seed. Too much seed and too little exercise can put weight on them. Cut back on the fruit because there is a lot of sugar in it and offer more veggies, try dark green leafy veggies like kale, broccoli, swiss chard which are all good sources of calcium and vitamin A or romaine lettuce. Do not feed any milk to the birds. You can buy a commercially made egg food that you can give to the birds if you don't want to hard boil an egg. When you get the millet don't give too much as this is seed and that is what you want to cut back on a bit. Do you have a gram scale that you can use to weigh her, if not it would be good to purchase one so you can keep track of her weight.
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Cody has given you excellent advice.
Keep in mind that there are many different kinds of vegetables to offer Coco and it takes time to introduce new foods to budgies.

Please read the information in the following links:

A Healthy Diet for your Budgie
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How are you offering her the seed, is it in a dish so that she can eat as much as she likes throughout the day? If so, stop that, and that is a good place to start by offering her a small amount twice a day, no more than a teaspoon at a time and do not fill up the dish so she can eat it all day. If she likes the pellets, if she gets hungry she will eat those if she has no seed. Too much seed and too little exercise can put weight on them. Cut back on the fruit because there is a lot of sugar in it and offer more veggies, try dark green leafy veggies like kale, broccoli, swiss chard which are all good sources of calcium and vitamin A or romaine lettuce. Do not feed any milk to the birds. You can buy a commercially made egg food that you can give to the birds if you don't want to hard boil an egg. When you get the millet don't give too much as this is seed and that is what you want to cut back on a bit. Do you have a gram scale that you can use to weigh her, if not it would be good to purchase one so you can keep track of her weight.
Yes, I'm afraid the seeds are always on the cage in a dish for her to eat whenever she wants, around three teaspoons daily. I'm going to take the dish right away. I usually change the dish in the morning, should I then give her a teaspoon in the morning, and then one in the late afternoon, or sooner? I actually haven't tried broccoli at all! I will add it for sure. I also have a gram scale somewhere, I will use that too. Thank you so much for the advice!

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Cody has given you excellent advice.
Keep in mind that there are many different kinds of vegetables to offer Coco and it takes time to introduce new foods to budgies.

Please read the information in the following links:

A Healthy Diet for your Budgie
Yes, I will try now with broccoli and if it doesn't work, I'm moving to another veggie. Thank you so much for the advice and the link!
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Don't give up on a food too soon. A day isn't long enough to determine if they will eat it or not.
I offer the same thing for at least a week, give them time to try it. Right now we are working on parsley and carrot.
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Yes, you can give one portion of seed in the morning and then I would give another around 5-6 pm and have the pellets available all the time. It can take quite some time for a bird to try a new food, sometimes months, as they may not recognize the new item as being edible.
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Yes! I actually try to give new food for three days in a row, but I will try for more time to do so. I also change the ways I present the food to them.

A tiny update, Coco seems to like broccoli so far, which makes me happy and I finally have her weight, 44 g. I have increased her time outside the cage and I will weight her again in two weeks to see how it goes, I hope it's enough time to see some change. If not, I will check after a month.
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