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Old 03-23-2016, 11:56 PM
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Help! Is this a male or female budgie??

Hi! I have an aviary with rescue budgies. I know the ones we have so far are all males. However, we recently took in a rescue whom we aren't exactly sure the mutation or the gender. I am concerned because I don't want to house the budgie with all males (which is what we have currently) and they all get along, but this one seems a little stand-off-ish (even after being housed together for a few weeks now) so I'm even more wondering if it might be a female. It doesn't interact the same with the others and appears to display the disposition of a female budgie. However, the person I rescued him/her from thought it was a boy due to the light blue cere. The YELLOW mutations seem confusing to me...any help? Pics attached. Thank you!!

Oh - by the way, he/she is said to be about 3 years old.
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Re: Help! Is this a male or female budgie??

You have a female there. I'm not positive on the mutation, but might be a light green dilute. Looking by the super light blue cheek patches, and wing markings lighter than a greywing.

Female budgies don't always have a certain personality type, and can be nice birds as well, but the reason I might keep her separate is because of breeding. Of course there are steps you can take to try to keep the birds out of breeding mode. I have a male and female together with no problem.

How many budgies do you have now? The boys .

Oh, and I would definitely practice at least 45 day quarantine especially since you don't know the origins of rescues.
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Thank you. I had a hunch it was a female. I already did a quarantine period and have a lot of experience with birds, including how to keep them from breeding. Thanks!
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