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Hello,

I recently took my boys to the vet (to get a bruised cere looked at). As a follow up to my other post a few days ago about the bruised cere: both boys are fine! However, my vet did mention that Caesar was a bit heavy (39 grams..1 gram away from "overweight"), and that Petrie (for being part British budgie) seemed a little thin (only 35 grams).

Petrie's favorite thing to eat is veggies, carrots, quinoa, broc, etc. So the vet thought he might be a little underweight because he eats so much water rich food, whereas Caesar just munches on seeds and pellets all day and doesn't bother with the fresh stuff. She recommended I try to soak some pellets and mix them in with the veggies so Petrie can put on a little bulk while still enjoying his favorite meal.

Anybody have suggestions on how to soak pellets? Should I soak them in something tasty like fresh fruit juice, or just water? How long does one soak them? Do I let them train for a while before mixing them in with veggies? I assume soaked pellets should be removed faster than dry pellets...

Or if anyone has any advice on how to bulk up one cagemate while trying to make sure the other doesn't get any fatter that would be most appreciated! Petrie tends to be more adventurous in what he eats, so if there are any bird recipes that are good that I can bake/make... he'll likely be the one trying/eating them.

Thanks!

Alba

p.s. They really hate being separated, so putting them in separate cages for meals can be a pain. They both love being hand fed by me (the little babies), so I've been trying to hand feed Petrie more than Caesar. Though that makes me feel quite guilty as a bird-mother! Poor Caesar probably thinks I'm picking favorites.
 

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Thanks for the advice. I tried a longer pellet soaking after my first post (15 minutes), and his pellets (those rainbow zupreem ones) basically just turned into a thick paste. The plus was that he probably ate some of it to get to his carrots and quinoa.... the downside though was that his face was just covered in mush. He normally gets veggies all over his face... but the rainbow patterned mush made his messy eating look more extreme!

I'll try your suggestion tonight, hopefully he'll nibble on some pellets without getting pellet mush all over his face, perches, cage, floor, etc.
 

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Thanks for the helpful advice all!

I was thinking about adding egg to his food... though I'm a vegan so eggs aren't usually in my house. I know there is "egg food" though I can buy for them at the pet store. Is that stuff way worse for them than the fresh egg option?

Both birds get plenty of exercise doing loops around the living room (neither bird has their wings clipped). I always thought that Caesar flew way more than Petrie, so I'm surprised he is the heavier bird... maybe its muscle? Haha. More likely its because he just really likes to eat.

Petrie does like oats (and so do I, so I always have them on hand), so I can make those more often for him. I'll try the sunflower seed trick as well.

Thanks again!
 

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And final reply (sorry, keep forgetting things):

That foraging toy is an excellent idea! They have foraging toys, but they don't play with them too often. I've never tried hiding food in them. That would definitely motivate Caesar to do a little more work for his food.
 
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