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Old 09-27-2016, 08:34 PM
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Okay, so this one's new to me. I've owned and raised budgies since 1998, and only just now, for the first time, I've had a potential customer ask me to submit a DNA sex test so that she can get a male English budgie from me.

I know DNA sexing is common amongst bird species that appear identical, but.. by and large, budgies don't. I've also, in all the years I've owned budgies, only guessed wrong once, so I assured her that even at a very young age, even before they have their feathers in, I can tell the difference.

She seems very determined about DNA sexing, though, so I looked up some statistics on this. (I've only done disease testing in the past, to make certain my flock wasn't carrying anything. I made a thread about this process here on Talk Budgies when I did it.) For DNA sexing, it seems the results only have a 60% accuracy rating.

That sounds sketchy to me.

I've also never heard of fellow breeders doing this, or indeed, if they offered it, it was an optional 'add-on' that the customer purchased themselves.

So... I suppose what I'm asking here, is whether or not you do this, what you think of it, and whether or not it's necessary, because right now? I've never needed it, I've only been wrong once, and I don't really intend to start. It seems a frivolous extra expenditure with unreliable results for budgies, which are quite easy to sex simply by looking at them and observing their behavior.

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Breeders and individuals with a good knowledge of budgies can determine gender simply from viewing the bird's cere.

Budgies are unique individuals and their behavior is not an accurate gender indicator.

My budgies all came from a breeder who never uses DNA testing.
She indicated the DNA test for budgies less accurate than a knowledgeable breeder or knowledgeable and experienced owner.

If this prospective customer insists on DNA testing, I would let her know that the testing costs will be an additional expense she must pay up front whether she chooses to buy the bird or not.
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I've always had my parrots sexed by DNA, so when I got into budgies I didn't know any better and did them too . 3 out of 3 turned out to be accurate.

Many breeders don't charge the customer, some do. Since we budgie people know that they are a species you can sex by sight at an early age, and your track record in accuracy has been excellent, I'd charge her for it for sure. Have her pay up front if she insists on wanting it done and you are willing to do it.
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