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    How to Prevent Obesity in Pet Birds

    ArticleBird AdviceFriday 11 February 2011
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    When you buy birds it is vital that you provide them with the best bird care possible so they are happy and healthy. Although you may not realise, obesity in pet birds is actually quite a common problem which can lead to a number of medical issues. Talk to your vet if you think your bird is obese, but otherwise, take these steps to prevent it from getting to that stage in the first place.

    First, determine if your pet birds have a weight problem. Obviously, every breed is going to weigh a different amount so don’t think that they will all be the same. Have your bird weighed and check with your vet if this weight is acceptable for that breed. 

    Look for obesity signs in your pet for good bird care

    When you buy birds you should be aware that they can develop double chins like humans do. This manifests as a roll of fat underneath the beak.

    Feathers can also fall out thanks to fat so keep an eye out for bald patches.

    When handling pet birds that are obese, you may notice some fat deposits.

    Look for white or yellow deposits under the skin around the upper breast and thigh areas.

    Why is my bird obese?

    It could be that your pet birds simply are not getting enough exercise and so they end up overweight. The diet you give your bird is also a large factor as you may be feeding him too much feed high in fat. If you feed your bird with human food you are more than likely making him obese because of this.

    How to Help

    Get your bird back to a good weight and health by visiting your vet. There are certain medications available if the bird has developed health complications as a result of obesity.
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