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Old 12-06-2020, 03:55 AM
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Hello everyone,

About a week and a half ago my budgie's top beak had to be removed due to injury. Since then he has lost a lot of weight and is currently at the vets being crop fed. Very soon he will have to come home and I need advice for potential foods he can eat without his top beak.

The current issues is that he is trying very hard to eat certain foods and not succeeding in actually getting the food to his crop. At the moment, he is able to eat spinach leaves if I cut them up really fine. He tries to eat millet, seeds mix and grass seeds but can't get them in his crop. He is also extremely stubborn and has turned his beak up at the other food offered that include
  • soaked pellets
  • egg and biscuit mix
  • baby food (various flavours)
  • crushed seeds and crumble mix
  • hulled millet
  • multigrain bread
  • blueberries, strawberries he usually enjoys (half mushed)
The soft food all had seeds mix on top to attract his interest but he turns his beak up at that as well.

He's still happy, affectionate with his mate (who feeds him a little) and quite chirpy. But the weight is becoming a serious issue and he can't eat enough to meet calorie demand. At the moment I'm trying to 3D print a narrow channel like trough to put food in to help him scoop seed in so he can eat something but I'm not certain he will actually use it but worth a shot.

Any ideas for high energy foods for picky birds or any other advice would be very welcome. Thank you so much!

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Old 12-08-2020, 11:22 AM
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I'd suggest you discuss with your vet what the best options are for your budgie under the current circumstances.
Does the vet think you are going to need to feed your bird (name?) by hand from now on?
One option may be to use Harrison's High Potency Mash which would give him extra nutrients.
Please let us know how the little guy is doing!
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I'd suggest you discuss with your vet what the best options are for your budgie under the current circumstances.
Does the vet think you are going to need to feed your bird (name?) by hand from now on?
One option may be to use Harrison's High Potency Mash which would give him extra nutrients.
Please let us know how the little guy is doing!
Yeah, I agree with Faerybee you can try to give him Harrison's High Potency Mash. This is what I did to my budgie.
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