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Message #2551. This is a followup to #2550.

Name:Margaret
Date:Thursday January 6, 2005 5:33:07 pm MST
Subject:Re: Nanday breastbone
Message:Oh, geez, thanks guys! <grin>

It is normal to be able to feel your bird's keel bone (breast bone). If you don't have a digital gram scale to monitor your bird's weight on a regular basis, you can get a rough idea by the keel bone. If when you feel your bird chest area there, from side to side, and the bird is shaped like a "V" with the keel bone feeling very sharp and prominent, your bird is underweight. That can be a cause for concern and could warrant a visit to your local avian vet to make rule out disease or illness. If you are in the process of changing your bird's diet, it is normal for the bird to lose a bit of weight in this process, which is also why I would suggest a vet visit if you are going to change your bird's diet. Just make sure they are of a good weight and are healthy enough to withstand the stress of a dietary improvement.

Ok, then if you feel your bird's chest area and it feels like a "U", your bird is of a good healthy weight.

If you feel a "W" shape where the keel bone part is indented, then your bird is on the heavy side and you should probably evaluate the diet and the amount of exercise your bird is getting. Be careful though about trying to exercise your bird if he is overweight because you can over do it for your out of shape bird. Your bird can actually suffer a heart attack if they have eaten nothing but seeds for the past 12 years and you all of a sudden deem it is time to start making that bird exercise and you over exert him. So just be careful about that.

When I want to give any of my birds a little exercise I'll let them perch on my hand and I'll hold my hand up and bring it down quickly enough to make the bird flap his wings. I will do this a few times until the bird seems to become winded at which point I stop. This can also help them burn off excess energy and just like for us, exercise can be good stress relief.

Well, I hope this helps.

Dan wrote:
> When I was trying to switch my Nanday from seed to pellets i was
> cautioned to watch their breast bone to make sure he wasn't losing
> weight. Has there been any changes in his eating habits or
> personality??? It may be good you noticed this. Margaret seems to be
> the authoritarian on the subject so hang in there until she
> responds!
>
> Dan
>
> mavrck wrote:
> > Hey, i just noticed this today. Have any of yas ever felt along the
> > breast of your Nanday and felt the breastbone running down the
> > center? Not sure if i ever noticed this before, or is my Yeager
> > losing weight/muscle tone and i can feel the bone.

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