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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
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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: www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com or here: www.lafeber.com/pet-birds 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.

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Customer reply replied 2 years 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 !!!
Bird Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

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

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