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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Bird Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My birds sit together with their heads tucked extended

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My birds sit together with their heads tucked extended periods of time. They also don't move around or chirp as usual. However, they are eating a tremendous amount of food, probably twice as much as usual. They are both males, I assume. The area right above their beak is blue
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Polyphagia (increased hunger) in parakeets can indicate an attempt to replace nutrients that are missing in the diet or diabetes mellitus which would be very unusual to appear in two birds concomitantly. Nutritional imbalances are a common cause of illness in our pet birds. What has their diet consisted of, please? 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.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Would've been nice if you had answered my question/concern. This seems to be a cookie cutter answer. Sure wasted my 35 bucks !!!
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

You'll need to answer my question before I can elaborate further. This is meant to be a conversation - not a lecture.