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Hello! I’m first starter in hand feeding or raising baby birds– I noticed that my 5 week old cockatiel’s stomach started buldging after his morning meal this morning; this happen yesterday night too after his meal; the thing is I’m not sure if this is due to feeding and is not dangerous at all or if it is some serious health problems.
There are no avian professional vet near my house and I am seriously worried whether this could potentially be life threatening– if anyone might know if this is just normal or if this is something more serious please do tell!
(The buldge do go away after a few hours for the last night case; but I am still worried as if it’s a serious problem treating or knowing what to do immediately would be the best course of action)
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It's normal for babies to have a bulging crop after they've been fed, and the bulge goes down as the food is digested. However, at this age the baby would be a fledgling in the wild, and fledglings don't eat as much at every meal as babies in the nest do. So don't overfeed him, and give him the opportunity to start learning to feed himself. The two main jobs of a fledgling are to learn to fly and to learn to feed themselves. They can't fly well with an overstuffed crop, and they won't be motivated to feed themselves either.
 
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