How to recognize if your bird's weight is a health problem
One of the easiest and most important method to keep an eye on your pet's health is to monitor its weight on a regular basis, establish a healthy base weight and alert your vet to changes.
- Fatty liver syndrome (hepatic lipidosis)
- Fatty tumors (lipomas and xanthomas)
- Lipornatosis (abnormal fat deposits under the skin).
- Metabolic problems, heart or liver problems can result in resulting in a fluid build-up
- Obesity can cause or is associated with egg binding, egg yolk peritonitis in hens; as well as certain tumors.
- Obesity is mostly a result of:
- Lack of exercise -- Common in birds that are kept in small cages that don't allow for sufficient exercise and birds that are not given enough "out-of-cage" time to exercise their wings in.. Wing-clipped birds also may not get enough exercise.
- Another obvious contributor factor for weight gain is inappropriate diet - please refer to bird nutrition