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mar2101
Fri, Feb 9, 2024

Im hand feeding a budgie that’s 2 weeks it’ll eat how ever it won’t allow for the crop to get full what should I do ? It’ll eat very little but then chirp again shortly after idk if I should follow the 3-4 hour schedule or just feed it when ever it starts crying ?


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If your budgie is eating very little and then chirping shortly after, it may be a sign that it's not getting enough food or that there's an underlying issue preventing it from eating properly.

When feeding, the crop should fill up but not be overstretched. A healthy crop will look rounded but not taut or bulging. If the crop isn't filling, it could be due to several reasons:

The chick may not be hungry because it's being fed too frequently or too much at once. Ensure that the feeding syringe or spoon is placed correctly in the chick's mouth and that the formula is being delivered at a pace the chick can manage.

To address the immediate concern, try to adhere to a regular feeding schedule of every 3-4 hours, as young budgies typically need frequent feedings. However, if the chick is crying and seems hungry before the next scheduled feeding, it's okay to offer a small amount of food to see if it will eat more.

It's also important to monitor the chick's weight daily using a gram scale to ensure it's gaining weight appropriately. A healthy chick should show steady weight gain.

If the chick continues to eat very little and the crop does not fill adequately, or if you notice any of the following symptoms, it may indicate a more serious issue that requires immediate attention:

- The chick appears weak or lethargic.
- There are changes in the droppings (e.g., color, consistency, frequency).
- The chick is regurgitating food or has difficulty swallowing.

In such cases, it would be necessary to seek professional help from an avian veterinarian as soon as possible, as young birds can deteriorate quickly without proper nutrition and care.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.