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Old 04-15-2015, 07:58 PM
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Picked up a couple of bonded budgies from work - they couldn't bear the possibility of separating them so they gave them to me! They were both obviously sent to us way younger than 8 weeks. In the big exhibit they were being pushed away from food by older budgies and also had evidence of being plucked. When I was able to do a closer examination the littler one was super super skinny (very prominent keelbone, no extra muscle/flesh) but eats just fine!

They are currently in quarantine and have been with me for 2 weeks. The little one is still eating a ton but just doesn't seem to be gaining any weight. He is always in the food bowl with the other one and just seems to sleep and eat. They do perch at night to sleep but every time I check on them in the daytime they are both crammed in one of the food bowls either sleeping or eating.

Anyone have any advice to help budgies gain weight? He just seems so teeny and frail and I would love for him to be healthy and strong!

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Sorry, to hear that your budgie is underweight. I don't have many answers to your problem but my budgie had the same issue when he arrived at the pet store from the breeders and the store said that to fatten him up a bit, they would give him Avi-Cakes. Hope that helps a bit
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in addition to the avi cakes, I would recommend Heal-x brand Bird Builder. I've read the testimonies from some people and they're amazing. you should look it up, and the ask your vet if that's something that they would recommend giving to him. Good luck!
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I was told oat groats help them gain wait. i get mine at petco
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Steel cut oats (oat groats without the husk) found in bulk stores...inexpensive and budgies usually love them Lots of protein and some good fat....might help.
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In addition to the foods already suggested, you can consider cooked quinoa. flax seed, Harrison's High Potency Mash and/or Lefeber's Nutriberries

You may also wish to consider adding
Guardian Angel from The Bird Care Company
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Hardboiled egg (with any of the ingredients mentioned above) will also help your budgie to gain weight. My budgie loves to eat it slightly warm rather than cold.
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I hate to even bring it up, but I would consider having him checked for AGY. Not all birds show the usual symptoms, and if he's eating lots and not gaining weight....
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I will definitely mention it to the vet - I haven't noticed any other symptoms (seems alert, normal poops, etc) but I know sometimes they can't present. That is why I quarantine!

I do offer eggs but so far they haven't shown much interest in them haha. I can barely get them to acknowledge the presence of veggies...
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I agree that your vet should check for AGY and do a run of amphoteracin B by vetafarm also see ladygouldianfinch.com for homeopathic for fungal/agy issues.
Great resource for current treatment med resources. It is good you are restricting the new birds. The AGY usually shows in older birds or weak immune response so work on things to improve the immune system and see the vet ASAP. The AGY stuff destroys internal organs and when birds show that thin it may not be possible to turn around. While the other may have a chance as it is not as skinny. Best wishes in turning this around. Above foods are good to use
and do not forget millet spray. At this point any thing goes to get weight on your birds. Blessings, Jo Ann
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