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I am concerned because my new budgie (I got him three days ago) ate a few pieces of corn cob bedding. The people at Petsmart, the place we got the bird from, actually advised us to use the corn cob. I didn't realize the dangers of using the bedding, and trusted them to know what they were doing. I read up on corn cob bedding, and upon learning it was dangerous, immediately replaced it with paper towel. The questions I have are, will the few pieces harm him, what should I watch out for, and if they will harm him, how soon will they do so?


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Hi and :welcome: to Talk Budgies!

I'm so sorry the employee at PetSmart gave you bad information.
Unfortunately, the employees at the big-box pet stores often don't know much about the best practices for birds. :(

I would suggest you take your budgie in to an Avian Vet for a check-up.

Having your new budgie examined by an Avian Vet allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet in case your bird needs care for an injury or illness in the future. Additionally, it is always helpful for the vet to have a baseline for your bird to refer to should it need future treatment.

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I'm not sure what to recommend you do to try to get the budgie to pass the bedding it ingested and it would be best to establish a relationship with a certified Avian Vet in case problems develop in the future.

Corn cobs can remain in the body for years before causing illness or death. Ingested corn cobs absorb moisture and swell, which can cause impaction, bleeding and death. Baby birds can also develop bacteria and yeast infections from the ingested material. :(

I would suggest you contact the store manager to report the mis-information you were given. The store needs to provide better training for their employees as ingestion of the bedding will have a direct impact on the health and well-being of any birds whose owners are following their recommendation.

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Welcome to talk budgies Kyle. That is a very unfortunate situation, and i agree with Deborah, I would report this to the store for the sake of other bird's there. i would even suggest to the store manager that they take responsibility for the cost of having your bird seen and treated by an avian vet. i do hope thing's will be ok for your bird, prayers for him to not have health issues from this...

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Hey Kyle and :welcome: to the forums!

I'm so sorry to hear your little bird ingested some of the bedding :(

It's great to hear you'll be taking him to an avian vet, though. I hope he'll get a good diagnosis and it's wonderful you knew something was wrong and researched before something even worse happened :thumbsup:

If you have any questions after reading the links provided, be sure to ask as we'd love to help. Hope to see you around the forums and my best wishes to your little budgie. I hope he feels better soon.

Hope to see you around the forums and best wishes! :wave:
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