Question by  newera760 (25)

Why does my parakeet look like it has a big belly?


Answer by  DreamScaper (354)

It could be that you have a fat parakeet. More likely reasons are it's cold where he's at so he's "fluffing up" to stay warm or if he feels he is in danger he might be "fluffing up" to make himself look bigger. Most likely he's probably just cold so look for drafts.


Answer by  petpal (136)

If it is a female, she may be ready to lay an egg soon. If she is not housed with a male, it may be a tumor of some sort, and you should take her to a vet to have it inspected as soon as possible. This may also be the case if the bird is a male.


Answer by  ijlalnoor (2656)

It might be that it is carrying eggs. They also fluff up when they are resting. So first check that is the belly swollen all the time or was it just for a little period.


Answer by  champaign9497 (11977)

If it is a female you will need to make sure it isn't carrying eggs. That will make it look like it has a big belly.


Answer by  dpboris (383)

Is it always like that or have you just noticed it? Parakeets often fluff-up when resting, and may look fatter then. If it's always like that, then it may be a health problem like a tumor or obesity. In that case you should contact your vet - these things can be treated if caught early enough.

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