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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-30-2017, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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I have 3 wonderful budgies called Geoffrey (12), Perri (7) and Minty (girl who is 3). I would love some advice please.
I have just noticed my 7year old Perri beak is growing and show indications of brown marks on beak and claws. On reading could be liver disease.
They are on a seed diet and on reading have discovered that this may not be very good for them. Any suggestion of a good diet for my beautiful birds would be great.
Perri will be going to vet for an opinion. Very worried as well
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Hi Geoffrey 12, and Welcome to Talk Parrots.

If you post a couple of pictures of your budgies feet or claws and its beak we might have a better idea what you are describing. Fatty liver disease is usually found in overweight birds who are not physically active and who are usually on a steady diet of seeds.

If your avian vet thinks your bird has fatty liver disease he will suggest a strict new diet for your bird and tell you to make him more active physically getting him to fly around and play outside the cage.

Your avian may suggest to give your bird milk thistle and dandelion drops he will show you how to give this to your bird as you will have to administer the medication daily. It's not expensive but you must make sure to get the proper milk thistle drops that is only for birds, make sure not to get any drops that have alcohol in it as this can harm your bird.

If the vet thinks your bird has this illness ask him to show you how to trim your birds beak and toe nails so you can learn to do this yourself. I had a canary with this illness and I had to trim his beak every 12 days due to his illness so I know it can get expensive if you need to keep going back to the vets just to have your birds beak trimmed every couple of weeks. My canary didn't have any problem with his toe nails growing long it was just the beak that grew way too long too quickly.

Changing a birds diet can be difficult especially with an older bird, you may have to keep the bird in a separate cage from the other birds while you get him onto a new diet and try to get him to have more exercise.

I hope the avian finds there is nothing wrong with your budgie and maybe its just time for the older bird to have his nails and beak trimmed.

Keep us posted and let us know what happens. Good luck.
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Hi thankyou so much for your help, I took my 3 budgies to the vet and found that Perri has liver disease to much of a seed diet and the other 2 had where most likely to have liver disease as well even though symptoms weren't as obvious. Perri was described a Herb tonic to go in water and Geoffrey had arthritis (12 years old) and prescribed Meloxicam. Need to change their diet to pellets.
Any help please with suggestion to encourage them to eat pellets and what do other budgie lovers feed their birds with vegetables and fruits. Thankyou
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Sorry to hear your birds are ill I know a better diet is important now so you will have to get them interested in green veggies and as I mentioned before you can give them seeds but you have to soak them and sprout them into little fresh sprouts. When you soak the seeds it gives them the greens they need without the fat.

I would be very cautious of giving your birds a diet of pellets only... I would have asked the vet how you need to change the diet and how to do this as your birds are older and just expecting them to eat pellets will not happen right away.

Budgies are notoriously fussy and they hate changes in food they usually hate anything new put in their cage so they may not eat the pellets and will be hungry expecting seeds.

You will have to gradually wean them off the seed diet, offer dandelion greens, kale, spinach and garden lettuce, sprinkle a tiny bit of millet seeds on the leaves to get them interested in eating the seeds off the greens hopefully the birds will start eating the veggies this way.

There are a few threads here of how to sprout the budgies seeds give them a look and try making them for your budgies.


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