Post by TheTenthDoctor on Nov 18, 2019 15:24:35 GMT
I am back to the forums after a break. I have some concerns about Kiwi. He is loosing feathers. He isn't pulling them out he's just loosing them. He doesn't seem to be using his cuttle bone. I am afraid he isn't getting enough vitamins. I am planning on upping the amount of veggies and fruit I feed him. His claws seem to be getting longer. How do I take care of them? Also if I wanted to give him a boost of vitamins would it be okay to feed him a small amount of unseasoned well cooked salmon?
Budgies can eat meat, cooked of course. I'm not certain he'd eat salmon, but you can try a small amount of cooked chicken. The more variety of foods you feed, the less likely that there is something missing in his diet.
Losing feathers - most likely a normal seasonal moult, if he is not pulling them.
We are not Vets, Avian or otherwise. If you have any serious doubts about your budgies' health an appointment with an Avian vet should always be your first point of call.
Try hard boiled egg yolk, mashed up with something like sweetcorn, I use the frozen corn and just thaw it out, then mix it with the egg. Egg yolk is a good source of protein. A good supplement if Kiwi is moulting.
Post by BloomCountyLover on Nov 20, 2019 16:22:15 GMT
Yes, it is probably a regular seasonal moult. They really can loose what seems to be a boatload of feathers. Chicken and egg are probably the most readily accepted but if he sees you eating it he may try anything. Sam had an orange face for a week after diving into a plate of spaghetti..lol. Don't worry so much about the cuttlebone, he will take some if he needs it otherwise it is ignored. You are already feeding him his veg and fruit so I'm pretty sure his nutritional needs are being met. How old is he now? Also about his nails, if they are pink and you can see the quick and you can hold your bird properly then you "can" trim them with a small good pair of nail clippers, however if you are unsure of yourself or your bird has black nails where the quick cannot be seen then it is best to let an avian vet do it if it is needed at all. Are they catching in things or causing him to not perch preperly?