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    Obesity Prevention in Pet Birds

    ArticleBird AdviceFriday 11 February 2011
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    When you buy birds it is important to provide them with the best bird care possible to make them as happy and healthy as possible. You may not realise it but obesity is actually a common problem in pet birds, and this can lead to all sorts of other complications. If you think your bird is obese, get in touch with your vet for some professional advice. 

    Look for obesity signs in your pet for good bird care

    First, you’ll need to determine if your pet birds actually are overweight. Every breed will weigh a different amount so do not think they will all be the same. Have your bird weighed and check with your vet if this weight is acceptable for that breed. 

    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.

    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.

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

    Reasons for bird obesity

    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. It could be that your pet birds simply are not getting enough exercise and so they end up overweight. 

    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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