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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 09-12-2019, 10:05 AM
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I feel my female budgie (bean) is overweight, it's only since I put her in with my male (Frank) that's she become overweight. He does feed her alot? Compared to Frank she seems alot bigger, she does puff out alot too. She's not tame and won't come out the cage either. Any suggestions? They have seed in a feeder which I fill when it's empty, they have sweetcorn daily (is that OK?) they seem to love corn, also lettuce, kale, carrot, broccoli and apple (limited to once every fortnight)
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:22 AM
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Have you read the stickies regarding diet and nutrition?

Each bird should get only 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of seed per day. It is best to ration the food and split the portion between morning and evening feedings.
You can also put the seed on the clean newspaper on top of the bottom grate in the cage to allow them to forage for the seed.

Are you offering your birds pellets?

Sweetcorn is high in sugar and I'd limit that to an occasional treat rather than giving it to them daily.

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I'll have a read, thanks
They have pellets but it's with mixed dry fruit. Very limited to where I am with budgie pellets, nearly every pet store near me only sells seeds. They don't seem thag interested in it, just seem to enjoy chucking the dried food out more than anything lol. They never go to the bottom of the cage so I feel putting food down their won't work, plus there isn't a grate at the bottom of my cage.
OK I shall give corn less and try and get them to eat more other stuff. I tried mini chopping veg, but I felt they just enjoyed chucking it out rather than eating it lol
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The best way to tell if your bird is a healthy weight is to have them checked out by an avian vet. The vet can assess their body condition and tell you what an ideal weight for your individual bird is.
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