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Unhappy Thin Conure

So ive had my little baby for 3 weeks now,hes had a vet check at which the vet said hes quite thin, but might just be his age (hes roughly 4 months old). Im worried though because i can feel his beast bone. He seems to eat well, but most of what he does eat ends up on the floor, so im thinking he just plays with most of it. Is there anything i can do to fatten him up a little? He's fine in himself, very lively and playful, im just worried as ive never owned a conure before.
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My vet always warns that generally one can't really tell when a bird stops eating because, as part of their stoic nature, they will "pretend" to eat even when they are not actually eating. In the wild, a bird that was noticably not eating would be picked off as prey. That is nature's way. Therefore, it is entirely possible that what you are suspecting, that the bird might not be swallowing much of its food, could be quite correct.

You have had the vet check, so I suppose I would not be worried that the bird is sick. I suppose favorite foods that you notice the bird actually swallowing, if you can find any, would be my only suggestion. Do you feed pellets? A pellet higher in fat might help, but not if the bird stops eating it because it is different. It is risky to try new pellets because sometimes birds don't want to switch pellets for a bit. You could offer both a pellet with higher fat and the one the bird was weaned onto.

Does your bird like pine nuts? All of my birds love pine nuts, and I assume they are high in fat. I give them for training treats. (The shelled kind. None of my birds can figure out how to open the ones still in the shell.) Other nuts are also high in fat and often enjoyed as treats.


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I give him a lot of food just so he has choice of what he wants, he has one bowl with his normal food in and then a bowl with dried fruit, then i give him fresh food each morning. He doesnt have pellets and ive looked in my local pet shops and they dont seem to sell any :s. I was wondering whether i should try and give him what he had when he was a baby, like the formula or whatever as well as everything he normally has, but i dont know if that would make him gain any weight.
I dont think hes ever had pine nuts, but i can look for them tomorrow when i go out. He likes peanuts and i give him a lot of them because i had the same thought as you, that they're high in fat.
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If he'll still accept the formula that might help.


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Maybe just feed him his favorites for a while. Peanuts, sunflower seeds?


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Maxx loves hemp seed which is also high in fat. Some birds stores carry or you can find it online at Nuts Online.

http://www.nutsonline.com/cookingbak.../in-shell.html



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Maxx loves hemp seed which is also high in fat. Some birds stores carry or you can find it online at Nuts Online.

http://www.nutsonline.com/cookingbak.../in-shell.html
Will this one be ok? http://www.thehealthbay.com/biona-he...mpaign=redback

Its just i live in the UK.

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Maybe just feed him his favorites for a while. Peanuts, sunflower seeds?
i give him lots of peanuts and whatever i actually see him eat. He doesnt like sunflower seeds, i find most of them all over my floor where he throws them out
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Will this one be ok? http://www.thehealthbay.com/biona-he...mpaign=redback

Its just i live in the UK.

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They look the same to me.

Have you had him weighed? I think they should be between 60-80g. Maxx is 65g.



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Feed some fatty foods as the others have suggested, I shall weigh Dexter tomorrow and let you know how heavy he is

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I just weighed sheldon and hes 63g maybe im worrying for nothing? I went to the pet shop where i got him yesterday and spoke to a really nice woman who told me i shouldnt worry because he is so young, and he should fill out a bit in time. I got him some egg food to mix with his everyday food and also got him a different everyday food that im going to mix in with that as it has more stuff in it, like flaked peas etc, he seemed to like it which is good
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Shira filled out a lot after she hit 10 months or so.


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I weighed my conure yesterday and he weighed 65g, today he weighed 69g, I wouldn't worry too much. Mine still looks very thin!

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