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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-29-2013, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
 
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I brought my Jenday home, he is the sweetest thing ever. But I have encountered one problem since he's arrived. He barely eats anything! At first I figured it was the stress from traveling, but now that he seems more settled in nothing has improved. The breeder gave me a starter pack of pellets and a safflower seed mix. She told me to give him only a little bit of seed, and mostly pellets. I mix the two, but all he does is fish out the seeds, and will only eat a couple of pellets. I tried giving him seed only, just to fill his stomach a little, but now he won't have any of it either.

I've also noticed he's extremely thin. His breastbone sticks out all the way. He's also pretty small for a Jenday. He also tends to stay puffed up majority of the day, I guess from being weak from eating so little food.

The oddest thing is, he is perfectly fine otherwise. His poop is normal, he's pretty playful, and is a big cuddle bug.

Ill be emailing the breeder why he eats so little. This is really confusing me. He's only 4 months old.

The sad part is that the breeder lives 5 hours from me. If it turns out he is indeed sick, I have to spend money on him for a vet (which I'm totally willing to do, but my parents have spent well over $700 for this bird and they aren't willing to spend another cent, whether its my money or not.) and in order to refund him, I have to drive all the way back to NC. And the breeder *doesnt* refund vet fees.
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Sounds like he needs a vet ASAP... These little ones can starve very quickly... Ask your parents if spending more to save a $700. Investment is not wiser than throwing all that money away if he dies because of lack of vet care. If they are looking at it purely from a financial aspect , that may help. I hope you can pull him threw.. He sounds like a sweetie.
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Sounds like he needs a vet ASAP... These little ones can starve very quickly... Ask your parents if spending more to save a $700. Investment is not wiser than throwing all that money away if he dies because of lack of vet care. If they are looking at it purely from a financial aspect , that may help. I hope you can pull him threw.. He sounds like a sweetie.
Thanks, Ill see what I can do. They believe that vets cant do much for small birds, and that its a waste. Hopefully they agree to get him at least checked out. In the meantime, what do you suggest I do? How can I get him to eat more?
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I don't know at what age jendays wean... I know I got my green cheek at 3 months and she was eating very well on her own... It may be the stress has made him regress if he is young enough... Does he beg you to feed him? Try feeding him from your fingers... Anything bird safe that he will eat... ( pretend to eat some to and he offer a bite ) fruit, veggies, cooked pasta, cooked rice, seeds, nuts, etc and see if you can get him going.
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I would get him to an avian vet regardless of what they say, he needs to be seen. He could have regressed from weaning as I believe they do take a bit longer to wean than a GCC, being bigger and all. And he certainly shouldn't be overly thin as a baby... the breeder would have noticed that I'm sure. Babies are usually pretty chunky!

Also, give your pellets at certain times and the seeds as treats if you want him eating pellets. Birds don't usually ever eat the pellets if they're in with seeds
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I'll try to get him looked at by a vet.

I've tried giving him seed through hand, and he's only nibbled some dandelion leaves. Ill try some more food items and see if he eats any. He doesn't beg at all. What would he sound like if he was? And he certainly doesn't seem chunky at all. He's not extremely thin, just thin enough for me to be worried. I woulda thought so too, but this little guy is way off. The breeder didnt seem that focused in him. She was looking to get rid of him (because she had new babies coming in) and that's why he sold cheaper than the original price. Is it possible that she may have rushed the weaning?
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Sounds like she may have force weaned him. Get some formula and a syringe and try and hand feed him. A caring breeder should abundance wean until the bird is ready. Is he head bobbing at all?
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