Safe Trees, Obesity


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Hi there, I have 2 questions for you if you would mind helping out:

1) What, besides cheery wood, trees can caged bird NOT have?
2) How can you tell when a bird is obese?

My Cockatiels & Goffin like to get in the Elm & Willow branches & leaves I cut for them. I am about to plant some more trees but don't want to plant anything that the birds can get into.

Both my Goffin & male 'tiel seems to eat quite a bit. They all have a clean bill of health from our wonderful vet. But both of these males seem a little big to me. Is it better to be a little over weight that a little under?

Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Hi there, I have 2 questions for you if you would mind helping out:

No problem!

1) What, besides cheery wood, trees can caged bird NOT have?

I'm not sure about the wood. I think most fruit trees are to be avoided though. I know orange is okay.

2) How can you tell when a bird is obese?

Weight can usually be told by feeling the breast muscles. You kinda have to know what to feel for though. The muscles should be plump but not extending past the keel. If you're birds are on a good diet you shouldn't have to worry. Species prone to obesity and fatty tumors are amazons, budgies and rose-breasted cockatoos. A good investment would be a gram scale. This will not only let you know if your bird is getting fat but it will give you a good "healthy" weight to refer to if your bird gets sick. Weighing once a month is a good idea.

My Cockatiels & Goffin like to get in the Elm & Willow branches & leaves I cut for them. I am about to plant some more trees but don't want to plant anything that the birds can get into.

I'm sure there are plenty of lists out there on the internet (check the other message boards at upatsix.com, I think someone recently posted a link).

Both my Goffin & male 'tiel seems to eat quite a bit. They all have a clean bill of health from our wonderful vet. But both of these males seem a little big to me. Is it better to be a little over weight that a little under?

Overweight usually means a fatty diet or not enough exercise while underweight is usually an indication of illness. So obesity is easier to correct.

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