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Old 05-20-2016, 12:21 AM
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Once again, we have another post about our favorite Jolly Green Goliath...our Handsome-and-then-some Citrus Heartthrob...the brawny 'Fabio Lanzoni' of male budgerigars...KING CHEWIE!


But folks, this post is to address a rather serious concern over my big boy - and that is...he seems to be getting, well, a bit too BIG. Standing at a budgie height of a full 5 inches (equivalent to a 6'4 human when standing straight), his current weight is at an astounding 65g! What first peaked my concern was the heftiness of body mass I felt in my hands from picking him up lately. His whole torso from belly up is quite meaty and the girth around his chest and back also felt close to the thickness of my wrist as you can see here...

Most of my other budgies have the girth of approximately the size of a golfball when I do a wrap around like this.

Now unlike my girl Gisele (Ms.Plumpling) who did have a bit of an over-eating disorder and is also currently under a dieting program, my concern for Chewie has more do do with him possibly needing more exercise. My birds are definitely not seed junkies and eat their share of seeds, pellets, veggies, and fruits which I make sure of, and Chewie also eats a well balanced variety - even more so than my other boys. He especially loves kale, carrots, and apple. But one thing I have noticed is he's not too active compared to my girls Gisele and Betty. I do give them daily out of cage flight time and my girls actually fly around and are on the move a lot more. He's often crouched like this when let of the cage...


What I often see Chewie doing lately (and perhaps this has a lot to do with his charm and magnetism) is dividing his time bonding with his pal Rocco and his lady friend Betty, who preens his fluffy head very attentively like a personal masseuse. He's also quite a chatterbox for chirping at the other birds (ahem, I consider it rather flirtatious), but he just doesn't move around as much or fly. Maybe the issue is he's becoming a lazy birdie spoiled by his own vanity.

Anyways, I'll be keeping a closer eye on my little-big dude and getting him to move around more, as well his eating habits and shall keep you all posted. As for his overall physical and behavioral state, everything else seems quite normal. No abnormal breathing or tail bobbing (BTW, he and Betty are calm and still as clams and have very slight tail bobs) His behavior is also very normal and he still very close with his pal Rocco, which I can't resist putting up a few more of their recent pics because I just love seeing them close together!

Don't ya just love that Billy Idol hair?

Ok, I know you've all seen this one already, but as Julie has said about Chewie looking so "masculine". To me, he is looking totally FABIO & studdly here...


In case some of you are wondering who is Fabio...

See any resemblance?
Chewie says "Let's get this straight, Nick - I'm NOT the 'Fabio of budgies'! He's the human Chewie wanna-be...but I'm much younger and better looking!"

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Old 05-20-2016, 12:42 AM
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Chewie looks quite the show budgie! I was at my vet's with Cyril the other day, and apparently some of the bigger show budgies can weigh up to 100g! So I'd guess that for a big boy he's maybe at a good weight.. or maybe he is a little big...
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Thanks for your input, Molly. It's a bit reassuring and Chewie has not been through a drastic weight gain, but maybe around 5g for the past year. My concern is that he's gotten a bit bigger and less active than before, so I'm definitely keeping a closer eye on him.

Wow, I never heard or seen any 100g budgies! Must be very prized show birds
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Wow... 'The Fabio Lanzoni of Male Budgerigars' has definitley ballooned up some I have to say.

I honestly wonder the reason for his steady growth, considering he doesn't eat a fattening diet sounds like. It sounds balanced and healthy. It's no surprise that now he isn't exercising much because the extra weight makes it hard for him to do so. Still, my concern is why such a large increase in the first place, when he's on a balanced diet AND you don't mention that he's over eating.

Maybe he is over eating and you're not necessarily noticing it? How about putting him on a diet plan like Gisele, and see if that does anything. I hope it does have to do with eating, and not anything medically wrong. Wishing all the best for our boy King Chewie!

Molly, I haven't ever heard of a 100 gram budgie! If I was a budgie, I'd be scared lol. That is bigger than a lot of Cockatiels!
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I definitely think Fabio stole Chewie's look, so not fair! I'm really glad you're doing something to address Chewie's weight gain....proud of you....And you know I just love seeing those two together!!! I can't wait for your next update, and you know I want to see everyone else in your flock too!!! Very handsome boys, my friend!

Molly, I can't even fathom a budgie weighing in at 100g!
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Wow... 'The Fabio Lanzoni of Male Budgerigars' has definitley ballooned up some I have to say.

I honestly wonder the reason for his steady growth, considering he doesn't eat a fattening diet sounds like. It sounds balanced and healthy. It's no surprise that now he isn't exercising much because the extra weight makes it hard for him to do so. Still, my concern is why such a large increase in the first place, when he's on a balanced diet AND you don't mention that he's over eating.

Maybe he is over eating and you're not necessarily noticing it? How about putting him on a diet plan like Gisele, and see if that does anything. I hope it does have to do with eating, and not anything medically wrong. Wishing all the best for our boy King Chewie!

Molly, I haven't ever heard of a 100 gram budgie! If I was a budgie, I'd be scared lol. That is bigger than a lot of Cockatiels!
Although I'm usually out of the house for nearly half of the day for work on weekdays, I do observe them more on weekends and quite honestly, I don't see him overeating and he certainly doesn't eat as often as Gisele. I've been taking him out of the cage more often the past week and playing with him to get more motion out of him. Again, he's always shown signs of a health bird and also goes through the least molts - hardly ever looking ragged and always showing such flawless feathers as you can see from his photos I'm just a bit concerned by his size recently felt by me but he's always had the same big and 'macho' appearance

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I definitely think Fabio stole Chewie's look, so not fair! I'm really glad you're doing something to address Chewie's weight gain....proud of you....And you know I just love seeing those two together!!! I can't wait for your next update, and you know I want to see everyone else in your flock too!!! Very handsome boys, my friend!

Molly, I can't even fathom a budgie weighing in at 100g!
Aww thank you for always so supportive of the Jediflock, Kristen. I've been keeping a closer eye and playing with my little Hulk budgie this week, just getting him to move around more. I'm doing this also out of a slight jealousy that he's always showing more love to his pals Rocco and Betty than his old dad Yours Truly
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Rationing seed, treats and fruit is important for all budgies as is plenty of exercise to ensure they maintain the best health possible.

I'm positive all your flock are going to benefit by the healthier lifestyle you are promoting for them at this time.

Encouraging Chewie to move around more will definitely be helpful.

You can do "before" and "after" pictures and your flock can become poster budgies for a "healthy budgie weight loss and exercise plan"
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Good idea Deb for the before and after pics. The Jediflock would be cute as poster budgies for weight loss and exercise!

Forgive me for not remembering, is Chewie your only hand tame guy?
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Someone should ask Jane Fonda to do a birdie exercise video. That might perk the boys up at least.

Seriously, hope that Chewie's problem is just from over eating / under activity, rather than anything health-connected. Good luck with the dieting!


EDIT: completely forgot to say I got that melted jelly belly feeling again... Such great photos of gorgeous birds!! Both "English", is that correct? So, bigger than the standard, anyway?
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Chewie is a bit portly, isn't he!

I'm sure that with his new diet plan and workout regimen he'll be as buff as the Hulk--just not as large

He certainly has that Fabio-vibe about him
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