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How to get weight up?

haze

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My senior rescue conure has finally become comfortable enough that I’m able to touch him without him being too fearful. Yesterday I got the chance to feel his body condition, and he feels extremely thin, like I could feel the entire keel bone sharply. I have been feeding him only pellets (which he eats happily) plus the occasional sunflower seed as a training treat, so I thought that increasing the amount of seeds in his diet might help him put on a bit more weight. However, he refuses to eat any seeds besides sunflower seeds, even in a seed mix feed, even millet. I’m writing this mainly because I just realized that the ONLY thing he is eating out of the seed mix is the pellets. Won’t even touch the seeds. This would be totally fine with me if he was at a healthy weight, but I don’t think pellets have enough calories to make him gain. Anyone have ideas of what I could try giving him that would help him put weight back on? I read on here that some people recommend to use baby bird formula for recovering adult birds, but I don’t think he is friendly enough to eat for me out of a spoon or syringe. Nutriberries are out because he won’t eat seeds besides sunflower… I think I will try peanuts and natural peanut butter tomorrow and see if he has any interest in that.
He does have a vet visit scheduled, but since it’s a non emergency visit, it’s a couple weeks out so I just need some recommendations to try to make progress until then.
 

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I also think his prominent keel bone is made worse due to the complete lack of muscle since he cannot fly. (He has no flight feathers and probably never will be fully flighted again due to follicle damage)
 

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You could try the breeder version of whatever pellet you are feeding. They are higher fat which increases the calories. Healthy nuts like almonds would be better than peanuts.

I've been feeding Ripley Psittacus Omega, which is higher nutrients and higher protein/fat.

 

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My gccs really love pine nuts! They get a few each day. Mine don't fly very much, so the keel is prominent. My eldest is 20 years old. My rescue I've had for 15 years (don't know her history, so not sure how old she is).
 

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Thanks for the recommendations guys. I will buy some raw pine nuts and almonds today and try both with him. I’ll also look into the Omega feed and order some to try.
 

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I couldn’t find pine nuts but I did pick up some raw almonds. He was doubtful at first but he did eat about half before throwing it on the ground lol. I ordered the Omega pellets just waiting for them to come in.
 

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I'm not sure your birds beck storyline?

But keeping the environment warmer will save them tons of calories. I recommend the sweeter Heater a radiant heat panel the smallest size is more than enough. Can find in Amazon. I live in Florida and now my old lady bird has the heater always so she can sit by it when she wants.

I like walnuts as a nut to give.

You can offer a little boiled egg. You can try sprouts. Keep trying on all veggies.

Baby bird formula, you can try offering it made thicker like Greek yogurt thickness, and mix in with pellets, just to see if will take that way. One of our members @Parutti has had success that way with her ARN. Or just put w dab on perch next to him and see if will try. I think it's definitely great to put weight back on them .

I have had success with plain peanut butter with no artificial sweetener. Or the healthy natural kind . Just a thumbs size amount once a day was enough to help my GCC put back on weight.
 

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Peanuts are not a good option as you run the risk of aspergillosis.

This is an old thread. Hopefully by now OP has this under control :fingerscrossed:
 

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I ordered the Omega pellets
How did you get on with these?

Another good nut option is walnuts. And another non-nut option is tofu.
 

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This is an old thread. Hopefully by now OP has this under control :fingerscrossed:
Yes, we got it under control. The thing that helped the most was feeding Senior parrot nutriberries alongside his pellets. He has a very healthy appetite and is eager to try new foods when offered. He loves fruits and vegetables too.
 
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