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Old 04-13-2015, 09:24 PM
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I feel like this must be asked a lot, but I couldn't find a topic about it poking around. Please do direct me elsewhere if applicable.

Currently my Budgies are eating a mix of Harrison's High Potency and a seed mix. They're mid transition, although they love the seeds so I wasn't going to cut them out entirely.

In any case, the bag of Harrison's recommends 2 tsp a day for Budgies. Mine want more than double. Artoo will eat 1 tsp seeds with 3 tsp pellets, Stella wants 1 tsp seeds with 4 tsp pellets. I arrived at this because they devour 2 tsp within a couple hours and are screaming for food by early afternoon.

I've been trying to trade some of this out for fresh foods, but so far no go. It seems somewhat alarming to me that they're eating that much, and I don't want them to get fat. On the other hand, it has been a very harsh winter here and my home has been cold, so I'm sure they're burning up a lot of calories dealing with that (I know I am).

I read in one of the stickies that bored Budgies will eat just to use their beaks... I have given them all sorts of toys, mineral blocks and cuttlebones, but they are almost entirely disinterested in them.

Should I be trying to cut them back a bit with set meals, or just letting them have at whatever they want?

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I was told that budgies do not over eat so your ok. i think overweight budgies is more due to poor quality foods not quantity. I would always make sure they have food available and water
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I think you're safe to leave food in at all times. For my lovebird and budgies we have always kept a full dish of food, especially since you'll never know if you won't be home in time to feed, etc. So it's good to make sure they can eat whenever they're hungry so they don't get starved. We've never had weight issues. If they are active they're going to get hungry because they need the food for energy. As long as you spend time with them and they have each other they shouldn't get bored. If you fed egg food every day that's a different story. I agree with Heidi here.
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I feed them a bit more than recommended. They seem to like that. As long as you feed them good quality food, they should be ok. However, if they start to look fat to you, then it could be from other than food. Could be health issue of some sort.
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They don't currently look fat, but I know how easy it is to put on a bit extra when you're that small to start, and how much more significant a little extra can be when you're measuring weight in grams. And of course, it's typically much easier to gain weight than it is to lose it.

I'll leave them with constant food. I feel better about it now that Artoo has decided pellets are acceptable. It'll be interesting to see if the amount drops now that it's starting to warm up.
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We feed with gravity feeders so our flock has food available all of the time. plus AM soft food/egg/veggie/fruit and other assorted treats and training.
Our birds bulk up in winter and preparing for breeding and then during hot weather and post breeding slim down naturally. I like to trust our birds to have common sense. We do mini vet checks several times a year when we give parasite prevention and each season. A bird who is too light or heavy at the wrong time in the cycle gets a second exam and if necessary a vet visit. We also survey several times a day for abnormal behavior, especially fluff and on the floor sleeping except babies. Babies have 4 major jobs-- eat --sleep--poop ---play and much of this is done in lower part of cage. We check baby vents daily when we do our baby checks. A happy baby gets lots of attention from both human and budgie flock members and a chubby baby is healthy as they approach weaning. During the first 2 years there will be growth spurts that need to be taken into account when judging if a budgie is too fat or too slim.
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Currently my Budgies are eating a mix of Harrison's High Potency and a seed mix. They're mid transition, although they love the seeds so I wasn't going to cut them out entirely.

In any case, the bag of Harrison's recommends 2 tsp a day for Budgies. Mine want more than double. Artoo will eat 1 tsp seeds with 3 tsp pellets, Stella wants 1 tsp seeds with 4 tsp pellets. I arrived at this because they devour 2 tsp within a couple hours and are screaming for food by early afternoon.
Wow I am interested to know how long it has taken to get to this point? My budgies haven't touched their Harrisons High Potency pellets yet - and we are a week in.
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They may very well be coming up on growth spurts. I don't know Stella's age but Artoo is less than a year old.

I did notice the floor around the cages had more feathers than usual too, so one or both may be beginning a molt. Which I'm sure uses even more energy! I've got so much to learn about their cycles and what's normal when. They're such interesting creatures!

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Currently my Budgies are eating a mix of Harrison's High Potency and a seed mix. They're mid transition, although they love the seeds so I wasn't going to cut them out entirely.

In any case, the bag of Harrison's recommends 2 tsp a day for Budgies. Mine want more than double. Artoo will eat 1 tsp seeds with 3 tsp pellets, Stella wants 1 tsp seeds with 4 tsp pellets. I arrived at this because they devour 2 tsp within a couple hours and are screaming for food by early afternoon.
Wow I am interested to know how long it has taken to get to this point? My budgies haven't touched their Harrisons High Potency pellets yet - and we are a week in.
I cheated.

Artoo was in a pet store isolation ward with almost no interaction from anyone for over 3 months. Of course pet stores feed seed blends, so he was horribly addicted to seeds. I spent weeks trying to get him to eat pellets. He was entirely shut down except for eating seeds and perching, so I decided to bring the other bird in iso home as well. Stella seems to be older, and I took her as soon as quarantine was up. She didn't lose all her bird-ness like Artoo and took to pellets easily. He copied her.

I have found I need to change the seedellet ratio in minuscule increments. Or they get mad and throw pellets everywhere looking for their lost seeds.
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