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Default Oddly shaped hen -- carrying eggs?

This hen in my local pet store has an odd shape to her. She's been in the cage a long time, with a lot of males, & she's clearly older.

I noticed that she has a small head and a really long body. It may have been my imagination, but she seemed to be getting bigger and longer.

...I wish I had better photos, but she sort of looked like a stocky submarine with a small head. I was wondering if she just has an odd shape, or do you think she might be carrying eggs?

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Old 12-21-2016, 06:06 PM
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From those photos, it's difficult to tell and a budgie carrying an egg will only have the vent area more swollen. Having a bit more of weight on the overall body doesn't mean the budgie is eggnant.
The budgie doesn't look odd to me and it's normal for an adult budgie to have a bulkier body when compared to much younger and immature budgies, she's also slightly puffed up.
The difference can be more noticeable because the budgie is in with younger ones.
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Interesting. All of that is very good to know. I stopped in today for supplies and noticed she wasn't there anymore. I kind of miss her. I had become used to seeing her. ... I liked her laid back friendly personality and the fact that she was the big girl in the cage. There was something really sweet about her. ....I hope she found a wonderful home.

Thank you for the info . . .
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The pet store confirmed that someone bought the big adult hen. She's very sweet so someone made a great choice. That's cool that someone chose the one big adult out of all the babies.

I was starting to get worried about her, she was there for a long time. The store confirmed to me that they keep the birds until they sell no matter how long.

They appear to know how to manage their inventory against average rate of sales and they never really end up with a cage full of adults because people buy the birds. They're a small independent and so not as factory-ish as larger places but I was glad to find out that they don't remove adults unnecessarily.
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I often pop in my local pet shop and am always surprised by how quick the turnaround of budgies are.
It also seems that sometimes the breeders who provide the pet shops clear out the older birds, probably ones who are done breeding and you see some adult budgies rather than babies. But they still sell. So I wouldn't worry too much about bigger birds.
The last time I visited my local, they had a beautiful English adult girl down there who I'd have bought home in an instant.

Basically, budgies probably sell better than we think they do.
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Now that is really interesting about moving the adult breeder birds on to their forever home. Maybe that's what this one was.

If it were up to me, I think everyone should have one. ; )

And I have a room full of them if I could. ( one day. )



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I often pop in my local pet shop and am always surprised by how quick the turnaround of budgies are.
It also seems that sometimes the breeders who provide the pet shops clear out the older birds, probably ones who are done breeding and you see some adult budgies rather than babies. But they still sell. So I wouldn't worry too much about bigger birds.
The last time I visited my local, they had a beautiful English adult girl down there who I'd have bought home in an instant.

Basically, budgies probably sell better than we think they do.
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