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We are unable to give you a diagnosis for your budgie as the people on the forum are not trained professionals.

Obesity/Hepatic Lipidosis/Fatty Liver Disease

If you need to cut back the amount of seed you are giving your budgie and are concerned the other budgie won't get enough to eat, then you should separate them into individual cages so you can feed them appropriately.

Each budgie should only be getting 1 or 1 1/2 TEASPOONS of seed per day. More than that is too much.

Millet is a fatty seed and should only be given very sparingly as a treat.

You can order Harrison's High Potency Mash on-line and sprinkle it onto the birds' seed to get them used to the taste of pellets.

It can take several weeks (or even months) for budgies to decide to try a new food.
Fruit is high in sugar content so vegetables are actually healthier for your budgies with fruits given only occasionally (once or twice a week)

Healthy Diet for your Budgies

Please take the time to read the Budgie Articles and the Stickies posted at the top of each section of the forum.
Most basic questions have been answered there.

You will find many different tips with regard to presenting vegetables and encouraging your budgies to try new foods in the Diet and Nutrition section of the forum.
The first vegetable which my budgies that had not been weaned to vegetables tried (and loved) was sweet corn kernels sprinkled with a teeny bit of garlic powder (NOT salt).

Budgies seem to love "spicy" tastes.
They also adored fresh basil, cilantro, dill, chickweed, zucchini and red pepper.

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Using Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother)
as a natural pro-biotic is very beneficial to your budgies:

Apple Cider Vinegar

I use Volkman Avian Science Super Seed Mix for my birds.

When I introduced pellets to my budgie, my Avian Vet recommended using Harrison's High Potency Mash and sprinkling it on the budgie's seed mix every day.
This way, when the budgie hulls the seed it tastes the pellet mash and ingests bits of it as well.
This helps the budgie identify the taste as a food source.
It worked for my all of budgies and lovebirds!

Many members seem to find the easiest pellets to use for introducing pellets to their budgies to be the CANARY sized (XS) Zupreem fruity pellets.
Most budgies like the taste and the "Canary" sized pellets are tiny enough for them to easily eat them.
Once they've become accustomed to the Fruity Pellets, introducing the smallest "natural" pellets is then an easy step.

Other than when I was using the Harrison's mash, I've never mixed my birds' pellets and seed together.

My birds have Zupreem Fruity Pellets, RoudyBush Mini Natural Pellets, Dried Herb Salad and Miracle Meal available at all times.
(Yep - I have a lot of food dishes in my various bird cages)

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Old 05-19-2020, 02:48 AM
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Thank you for your advice FearyBee! Your birds are getting so much nutrition that they must be very healthy 🙂. I would definately try .

I read the fatty liver disease stickies and think that she is not having any liver problem.
I am more afraid about the bornavirus, but if it is this virus causing my budgie to vomit then how come my other bird did not get infected? ...
I am very confused about what is the disease as she is showing symptoms of various diseases. and none of the vets are unable to detect the causes.
Kiwi is getting normal now but i know she is going to vomit and suffer after one or two months .
Another thing i am concerned aboutis she is eating her feathers. Today she ate 4- 5 feathers which were flying in the cage . I fear that it would lead to crop impaction.
How to stop that behavior? 😞
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I have no idea how you stop her from eating her feathers once she's molted them, other than making sure you clean the cage frequently to remove them.

With regard to your other budgie not becoming ill, it may have something to do with each bird's genetics and immunity system.
Other than that, I have no insight.
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Update : Today I weighed her she was 41 grams. And she was earlier weighed 2 months ago and found to be around 42- 43 grams (1- 2 grams lost). Is she over weight? or her weight is fine?
Also normally when her vomiting is done the poop colour changes to brown as normal everytime (same colour as her cage mate) but now i noticed that her poop is all right not deformed etc. but it is dark green in colour (the other birds poop also changed to this colour which is normally brown like hers.)so is it a normal change ? because the diet is not varied yet.
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Please read the links you were provided previously.

The questions you are asking now have already been addressed in the information provided.

Nutritional Diseases in Budgies

Obesity and Overfeeding Pet Birds

Is Your Bird Overweight?

The color of the fecal portion of the droppings can change depending upon what the bird is eating.
A consistent pea-green color on a regular basis can be sign of liver disease.
However, if the budgie is eating lots of vegetables then a change to green can be normal.
You are going to need to monitor your budgies' diet and make the changes necessary for their optimum health.

Poopology 101

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Thank you for your reply!! I am going to consult two more vets online . Hope you will wait for my next post. : )
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Good luck with the on-line vets.
I hope they are able to provide you with the information and assistance you need.
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Another thing i want ask that whether i can put some garlic into their diet because just now i have read our talkbudgies article about naural remedies which says that it can prevent the liver from damage and has antiparasitic properties? Though many months ago i had once given them but it did not work ...
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When you research, you'll see that various veterinarian sites have differing opinions regarding garlic for budgies.

I've given garlic to my budgies before but only a very TINY bit of garlic powder (not salt!) sprinkled on wet food.

If you choose to use it, do so in moderation and only use a very little bit.
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