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Old 07-19-2016, 05:32 PM
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I recently took my budgies to the vet for a thorough check up, and everything was fine. My budgies are in good health....well, except one thing. One of my budgies, Shell, is overweight. I forgot the numbers, but that's what the vet told me.

I attributed this to the fact that Shell rarely leaves the cage to fly with my other two budgies. Shell is like me, we are both extremely lazy, so I honestly don't blame him. lol No, but...I need some advice. He needs to exercise more, and I don't want to force him out of the cage 'cause that will only scare him. I need a better way. Advice?

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Is Shell on a seed only diet?

Could you try giving them one of their feeds out of the cage so he has to come out and get it, maybe?
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Hi. No, Shell eats seeds and veggies every day. I've tried putting millet on top of the cage (one of his favorite snacks) so he can at least climb up there and see it's safe, but that didn't work. All he did was stare as my other budgies enjoyed themselves. I have to be careful with him because he's a very timid budgie. The last thing I want to do is frighten him. You should have seen him at the vet, he was petrified. Hated seeing him like that. Anyway, I'll keep trying by putting more food outside the cage. I imagine he will eventually work up the courage to leave the cage...though it's been months since I've seen him fly. Thanks for the reply.
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Hello can Shell actually still fly? It is very unusual for one budgie to stay in the cage all the time when others are out flying around.
Try offering him a long perch to walk out of the cage , set up some play gyms and such. Scatter some of his seed around his cage on the bottom of the cage so he has to walk around .
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Hi... I had a budgie who couldn't fly.. Pretty Boy (Cathy) suggested ramps and ladders, like she mentioned to you. It really worked. Takes some creativity, but you could maybe use rope perches, bridges, etc to make sure Shel has to at least walk a bit to reach food, etc. It turned out to be quite fun for me to think of ways to help Cody keep up with the other birds using methods for him to run and walk. Shel may just need a bit of a boost in confidence to give it try... even I might be willing to walk a bit for a treat... LOL!! Just my two cents.
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Sounds like a great idea. I'll give it a shot and report back.

"Hello can Shell actually still fly?"

I honestly don't know anymore. The last time he tried flying was months ago and it was obvious he was having a hard time. He can't fly very high. And when he tries he can only stay in the air for 3 or 4 seconds. After that he falls to the ground and stays there to catch his breath before trying again.

lol He's so adorable if you only you could see him. Poor little guy. I'm so protective of him.

Edit: Almost forgot. Thanks for the idea!
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Hi, We have a round picnic table mosquito hung above our bed from the fixture in the ceiling. We Train all of our clutches and exercise recovering adults and exercise the 2 non flight budgies. The vet could not offer any further solutions.
Our 2 flightless hens climb all over the flight cage and on the soft net. We sit or stand in the net and teach step ups and come to the stick every one of our birds , even breeder imports learn step ups and come to the stick as this is a major component of our emergency plan and kit. We keep nets and 3' dowels so if a bird is in trouble we can reach it with the stick our birds just sit and wait till they see the stick. this can be a wonderful bonding exercise for both of you.
Also when he goes to the vet get him used to the travel cage. by taking short trips around the neighborhood, So he knows that a trip in the cage does not always mean the vet we provide a companion for budgie support when ever possible. Just tell the vet that the companion is for moral support. Put the travel cage in the net with bird in it and let him move out at will. You could play like let him sit on your arm for people exercises.
All of our budgies love music and the sing and dance on my fingers or in the cage they like drum beats and Gaelic dancers and violins and flutes.Your attention and interaction will help you be less lazy and gain your budgies interest -do not force invite him to join the activity. We put food on bottom of flight cage. We give treats like millet spray after having balanced diet all day. No treats in the day unless it is training or a special activity. If they are hungry through the nite they have the millet spray. We allow one millet spray for 2 to 3 budgies we place them far apart to prevent arguments. Also have multiple swings mineral blocks kabobs etc. We want our budgies to feel safe to know there is always a source of water and food 24/7. Our budgies have never been hungry except for the few days when they are weaned when they learn that they must work for their food which is a law of Nature.Treats are at top and regular food is at bottom or on lower sides. They must move to eat. Take the boredom out of his life and keep him wondering what is next. Start next to cage on a perch just outside. do not give up after a couple of days. perhaps his budgie pals will stand by and encourage him like Debs flock does for the sh members of the flock,
Be the example. Our Apollo loves to come out to the key board or my hand to visit the TB family. , Blessings, Jo Ann
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