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So I just weighed merlin and she weighs a whopping 60 grams!!! However I checked her breast bone and she doesn't bulge outwards, her tummy recedes from the bone in what I presume is a healthy way. So I'm confused. Is she just a big bird?! Ive never weighed her before so unfortunately don't have a benchmark!

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Greetings wow that is big somewhat.can you provide a photo or 2 so our experts can see and be able to assist you on this.what kind of food do you feed her?Blessings and hopefully you can have some answers soon.
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Hiya, have attached some recent pics
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cool thanks.she looks pretty healthy to me.she has very beautiful colors on her.hi merlin cutie.blessings always
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I hope you're right but I was really surprised when I weighed her!
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First off, let me just say how what a beautiful little Merlin you have there

Second, I have you beat! I just weighed my English budgie, Oya, and she comes in at a whopping 77 grams!

She has always been a big bird with a lot of plumage. When she molts, she molts hard, dropping probably a good chunk of her weight by feathers alone.

Your Merlin is an English, right? If so, 60 grams is still okay. I, too, am concerned for my Oya, but 77 grams appears still within range of some English budgies as they can be rather big and fluffy. Even when she was in the 50 - 60 gram range, she was still active and doing her thing.

I suppose I could limit the millet this month. I kinda lost track and gave them a bit more millet treat in April. My bad!
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Haha nope she is not an English budgie just a plain old normal one! Hence the impressive weight!!
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Merlin looks good in the pictures and appears quite healthy and happy.

Double check the keel bone in relation to the breast muscle.

Watch Merlin fly around the room.
Does she breathe normally upon landing or does she breathe more heavily?
Is she generally active?

How much seed are you giving her per day?
A budgie only needs 1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons of seed.
Be sure he has pellets available 24/7 and give her a good variety of healthy vegetables regularly.

Spray millet and honey treat sticks should be limited and only given as special treats.

Have you ever taken her to an Avian Vet for a baseline exam in case she ever becomes ill or injured?
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Hey, have checked the keel bone, that's what I meant by breast bone lol. She isn't overly fatty there. She has a LOT of feathers though. I don't feed her pellets, they aren't common in the UK, and she isn't a great fan of veggies except corn which I limit as it is fatty.
Doesn't seem tired after flying, I did a few laps with her today and she was fine.
I don't have an avian vet, our vets are useless with birds and merlin nearly had a heart attack the only time I took her so won't be risking that again
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If you want to try her on pellets, you can order them from Pets at Home online, and they're about 10 per pack. Mine have still never touched theirs but they never will if they don't have them to try.
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