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Old 04-13-2019, 03:22 PM
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Does my 5 month old Alex strike you as a boy or a girl ???pics

I just got it a few weeks ago, its adorable I'm in love with it, I've kept it for the first time and so far the experience is great, it's intelligent, friendly, curious.I'm just eager to find out if it's a boy or a girl, I do not want to DNA it.


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Re: Does my 5 month old Alex strike you as a boy or a girl ???pics

Can I ask why you donít want the DNA test? It is so inexpensive and can be so important in the case of veterinary emergencies.


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Because I don't want any one sticking a needle in my bird to draw its blood. I just don't like the idea.
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Old 04-13-2019, 03:37 PM
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Re: Does my 5 month old Alex strike you as a boy or a girl ???pics

Yikes! No! A simple plucked feather nail clipped slightly too short will do! We do many DNA tests each year and we do NOT allow needle sticks! Iíve only had that done when a bird needed a blood draw for extensive blood work for health reasons.


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Alright, I had no clue the procedure was that simple. First pet sorry.
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Re: Does my 5 month old Alex strike you as a boy or a girl ???pics

Donít be sorry!

You donít know what you donít know until you know lol. You are just trying to do the best and safest thing for your new baby and thatís great

My favorite company is Avian Biotech. Some other companies are IQ Biotech and Health Gene.

Cost is $12-$25 depending on company, and if you do plucked feathers or a drop of blood from a nail. I prefer the blood test because Iíve done a lot and it seems to be less painful, but if you are nervous I would recommend the feather instead because you canít accidentally cause too much bleeding that way; itís a less stressful experience for the owner lol.


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Re: Does my 5 month old Alex strike you as a boy or a girl ???pics

Part of the joy of owning an Alex is waiting for the neck-ring to grow in! However, that takes three years, so if you want to spare yourself three years of anticipation, you'll go with the DNA test.

My Barney escaped just as his puberty arrived. We were all waiting for that first black neck feather, but we never got to see it as he flew the coop. He was MIA for thirty-one days and when (thank goodness and my now-friend, Sam) he returned, his neck-ring was complete and gorgeous!

I understand how you feel about having invasive procedures done. I felt the same way and was quite happy to wait and see what Nature did. Mind you, if you have the test done, you can at least choose a gender-appropriate name for your bird instead of having to choose something neutral.

Congratulations on choosing an Alex. They are such gorgeous birds and so affectionate and companionable - but I'm sure you know that already!

PS. Forgot to say: the first photo reminds me of my Barney in the head-shape and attitude. All the rest remind me of Madge.

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Re: Does my 5 month old Alex strike you as a boy or a girl ???pics

PS. Forgot to say: the first photo reminds me of my Barney in the head-shape and attitude. All the rest remind me of Madge.

So if the majority of pics remind you of "Madge" and im assuming Madge is a female ? so in that case strong chances are mine is female too ??? right ??
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Re: Does my 5 month old Alex strike you as a boy or a girl ???pics

Wrong! There’s no way to know without either the ring or the DNA.

Also, I do understand the hesitancy surrounding the needle and blood. But I will caution you that it is very normal to need to draw blood on occasion, especially if you’re doing an annual wellness exam which includes a full, complete blood panel (which is something you should get in the habit of doing). The idea of it may be distasteful, but it is absolutely necessary. Just don’t automatically say “no” whenever the though of blood draw comes up. It may save your birds life.
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Re: Does my 5 month old Alex strike you as a boy or a girl ???pics

There is definitely no way to know the gender for sure, beyond the neck ring and DNA. Except, when you've been around enough Alexandrines, you do get a sort of 'sixth sense' for the head shape and the way the head is carried. I can't explain it, but every Alex owner I know is aware of a very subtle difference between males and females leading up to puberty.

Barney and Madge were six months old when I got them and I could already easily tell them apart from their head shapes and carriage. The previous owner assured me they'd been DNA tested and were a male/female pair, but she had no clue which was which. She was fifteen and had 'gotten over' being a bird owner. Barney's head is (and was at six months) much larger and flatter than Madge's. He holds his head slightly above horizontal and, when perching, tends to sort of strike an attitude where his head is more or less parallel with his body. Madge does the opposite. She flexes her head so that's it's more parallel with the perch. Also, the top of her head is markedly rounder than Barn's, both front-to-back and side-to-side. The difference is miniscule, but has always been there.

Of course, what I'm seeing could easily be just a normal variation between two birds of any gender. Only, the local breeders I've known say the same thing: males have larger and flatter heads. Which isn't to say that anyone can know for definite what the gender of a baby might be, but some of us will take a punt and have an educated guess. Then, all we can do is wait to be proven right or wrong.

I would never tell anyone I knew the gender of their baby bird for certain. However, I'll always have a guess and wait to hear the answer.
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