I haven't posted on the forum in quite a while, but, I'm looking for some pudgy budgie help and figured this was the best place to go (seeing as I've already seen my avian vet about this
). Also, this will probably be a long read so I apologize in advanced for that
Popsicle has always been a big girl, however, she never has and still does not have any issues flying, climbing, breathing, or otherwise getting around, in fact, she's the best flyer out of the two, so it boggles my mind that she's so hefty. She is a pet store budgie so I have no idea if she's a blend of a larger budgie, if it's poor genetics, or if it's a dietary problem, but it's starting to become more of a concern. Seeing as the dietary problem is the only thing I can change, I was hoping you guys could lend me a hand with my "Budgie Weight Loss Plan".
My vet told me cutting down the seed would be a good place to start (for both Bridgette and Popsicle), so over the past 2 days (they saw the vet 3 days ago) I've cut their daily seed down from 2tsp to 1 & 1/2 tsp and they've been acting totally normal so I think they're ready to move onto phase two. Normally I fill their seed (and pellet) cups once a day and leave it in for the remainder of the day so they can use it as they please. I can see how this is the most likely
reason for her weight gain as she can eat the seed over the pellet as she pleases so I'm going to be changing their feeding schedule as follows:
-Dispose of any uneaten seed/seed hull after each feeding
-Feed seed twice daily, 1tsp in morning and 1/2tsp in the evening ~ Possibly go down to 1&1/4 tsp
-Remove seed after morning feeding and do not replace until evening feeding
-2tsp pellets (Harrisons/Zupreem mix) daily, always left in cage
-At least one type of vegetable always left in cage
I am currently feeding them Hagen brand seed which my vet says she is not a fan of, and while she had not heard of Volkman seed, I've seen it recommended many places (including this forum) and would like to switch them to that brand. The bird store I usually go to does sell Volkman seed, however, they moved in March and won't be open until at least the 15th of December. Would it be detrimental to her weight loss if I left them on Hagen until the store re-opened?
As for vegetables, they have branched out and have been eating more and more new vegetables but only
if they are clipped to the side of the cage, never in a dish. Does anyone have any tips on getting them to eat veg from a dish? And how much veg should they get in a day?
The rest of the plan involves:
-At least one type of vegetable daily
-One fruit weekly
-Try new ways of feeding vegetables: millet holder, kabob, weave through bars, etc.
Please feel free to input any advice or personal experience you guys have had with getting a budgie to lose weight, I'm more than grateful to receive any help or tips I can!