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Siena 05-22-2016 10:42 AM

Lemon boy or girl and how old?
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Just bought this beautiful budgie from a breeder and he said it she is a female. Reading all the info on this forum I am not so sure anymore. Could anyone please help ?

nuxi 05-22-2016 10:50 AM

Hi and welcome to TB! I'm not really sure but I guess it's a female because the cere looks very light and powdery. The cere of a male bird would be more purplish and translucent/waxy-looking.

aluz 05-22-2016 10:58 AM

Welcome to the forums and congratulations on your new budgie friend! :)

From that one photo I'm seeing a uniform light purplish cere with no hint of white, so I believe little Lemon is a boy.
Looking a him I'd say he is 3 months old.

Siena 05-22-2016 01:27 PM

Thank you for the answers. Will keep you updated and will see who is right. My other boy Crunchy doesn't seem to like Lemon. I hope they will become friends soon.

StarlingWings 05-22-2016 03:41 PM

Hello Siena and :welcome: to the forums!

Lemon is a cutie! Congratulations :)

I agree with Aluz that even though the cere is very pale, it still has the noticable purple hue and slighly pearly sheen that may indicate young male :thumbsup:

You should have quarantined Lemon away from Crunchy for a minimum of 40 days to prevent the spread of any possible hidden illnesses he may have had. Even if the breeder is great and he seems healthy, budgies are very adept at hiding illnesses and thus he may be hiding something he could spread to Crunch. I would take a look at these threads regarding quarantine:

Also, you should follow certain procedures for slowly introducing two budgies when the time comes so they slowly get used to each other and have a greater chance of being friends. ;)

Here's some links that will help you with introducing two budgies:

Finally, be sure to read through Budgie Articles as well as all the "Stickies" (relevant or informative threads "stuck" to the top of each subforum for easy reference) to ensure you're up to date on the best budgie care and practices!

If you have any questions after reading through anything, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help!

Hope to see you and little Lemon around here!

We'd love to meet your boy Crunchy, too, when you get a chance :photo:

I'm glad you've joined us! :wave:

RavensGryf 05-22-2016 04:50 PM

Hi, Welcome to the forum :)! Lemon sure is a cutie. If the photo (and my monitor) shows accurate color, it looks like the uniform pinkish lavender cere that is typical of young males.

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