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Old 03-03-2015, 04:25 PM
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Hi everyone I wonder if anyone can help I've got 2 budgies one male called sky and one female called beano who is bossy. Beano is a nice plump solid feeling budgie but sky there's nothing too him he's always been the small one since he was a baby he had great trouble growing his tail feathers it took 9 months for them to grow. I refuse to give up on the little man as he's such a cute soft character he's always full of beans bless him but does get bullied by beano sometimes although the bigger cage and loads of high perches has reduced arguments. Anyway isit normal for a female to be fatter? Sky still eats and drinks fine he likes to show off to beano too. I've tried getting them to eat fruits and veg with no luck which probably doesn't help.

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Old 03-03-2015, 04:29 PM
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Sky blue, beano yellow.
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Just like people, budgies come in different sizes and body types. From your pictures, both budgies look healthy.

Are you sure Sky is really underweight?
When you pick him up and feel his keel bone is it sharply protruding?
Have you or the vet weighed him to get a good baseline weight for him?

I have one budgie that is very small. He only weighs 28 grams but eats, drinks and plays just fine. Although he's a bit underweight, he eats until he's full and stops. I figure he just takes after me.
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No he seems fine no bones protruding at all I was just worried thinking all budgies should be the same lol. Not been to the vet as I thought I'd check on here first I do have an avian vet not far from me just incase anything unfortunate happens to one of my little mates. He eats loads although even though there is 2 bowls of food they fight over the same one lol.

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Sounds like your thin bird is mainly all right and healthy. If you are still worried about the weight, could put more millet in the cage. Even though too much will make them fat, it is something they will eat. Or just wait for answers from others on this site. Some here know quite a lot about budgie care.
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I'm glad to hear his keel bone is not protruding. He looks and sounds like a very healthy and happy little fellow to me!

It's great that you have an Avian Vet nearby. If you haven't met with him/her yet, I'd suggest going in one day just to make his/her acquaintance. It's always good to have already established a "relationship" with the vet just in case there ever is an emergency situation.

Here's a link to a healthy diet for your little ones.
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They will eat Miller but I only really give them that as a treat for doing something good like flying to me ect. When it's in the cage they argue over it. Never a bad argument no one gets hurt but it's more of a bicker lol but still not nice to see sky loose all the time cus he's little. He's the bird version of me small and not very strong lol. Both lovely birds especially when they get along they preen each other and make cute little noises so cute to watch.
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I had t thought of that yes could be a good idea to meet the avian vet so they see both birds ect.
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Sky in th summer his colours seemed brighter last year but he was only a baby then he's 15 months old now.
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He seems normal to me, but budgies do come in different sizes and all. Used to have a highly dominant female sho was overweight from ruling the seed cup. As a consequence, her slave boy was underweight from being denied food too often Was impossible for us to fix her shape when we couldn't make one bird gain weight, make one loose weight and at the same time keep a third on his weight, untouched by the others diets.
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