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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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I breed budgies after two month old my young birds lose the

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I breed budgies after two month old my young birds lose the will to fly
Jock, I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. We don't have many avian vets on this site. "Losing the will to fly" would be so unnatural that I would have to consider, instead, that these birds aren't well.What happens after they stop flying? Do they remain otherwise well? Do any other symptoms arise? Do you lose them?What do you feed your birds?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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birds do live,but all they do is eat .utility budgie mix they also get grit cuttle fish and greens
Thank you. I'm concerned that they're nutritionally imbalanced - in particular, vitamin A, B12, D3, and K deficient as well as calcium deficient. They can't absorb the calcium in the cuttle bone without a plentiful supply of vitamin D3. Nutritional imbalances are a common cause of illness in our pet birds. Seeds should compose less than 20% of their diet. Ideally, a balanced pelleted diet such as can be found here: or here: should be fed as well as hard boiled egg yolk, pancakes and cornbread, the tops of fresh greens, dairy products such as yogurt and cheese, fresh fruits such as apples, pears, melon, kiwi, and berries, vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, beets, asparagus, cabbage, sweet potato, and squash, and even tiny pieces of meat. I suspect that you're going to see quite a positive change if you can move your budgies over to such a varied diet.Please continue our conversation if you wish.
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