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Determining Gender Having trouble figuring out if your budgie is a male or female? Ask here!

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Old 03-19-2018, 07:29 PM
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So some may remember me being here a few months ago when I first got Lapis. (My blue little parakeet girl) Btw her taming and bonding has gone great. Still working on her coming to my hand in the cage but out of the cage she will step up and seek my help if she can't get where she wants as well as eat from my hand.

Shortly after joining I hit some really rough patches and a friend back at the beginning of February thought Lapis would like a friend and brought me Peridot. She seems to be around the same age as Lapis but is almost twice her size. I think she came from a big name petstore because after a month she still freaks out when I put my hand in the cage. But I'm moving slow with her.

Anyways I digress do you think she is a girl like Lapis or a boy?
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Old 03-19-2018, 09:25 PM
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Congratulations on your little Peridot.

From the picture you posted it's hard to tell but I believe Peridot is a handsome little male.
If the cere is a smooth translucent pinkish-purple color then Peridot is definitely a male.
Please post another picture of the cere taken in natural light with no flash and no direct sunlight.

If Peridot is male, it is going to be very important that you discourage any breeding.

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Rearranging their cage frequently, and limiting the light Lapis and Peridot get to 8 hours a day will help tremendously.
Please be sure you never put a nest box or anything that could be used as a nesting site in their cage.

When they come into condition, limit the amount of protein in their diet at that time.
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I have nothing to add to FaeryBee's comments except to say I love your birds' names! So clever!
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I do agree, he's a beautiful boy FaeryBee has given great advice and I agree totally
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Thanks FaeryBee.

I was not there when Peridot was bought. The store clerk told my friend that he was a she but after a month with him I just kinda had this inkling she was a he. Cere, behavior, and size; to be sure I came here. Thank you so much.

I've been keeping them covered up a lot lately and change up the cage every other day. Something told me that I had to distract these two from getting too chummy.

In a couple weeks I'll order a new large double stacked cage. They'll be able to hear each other but not interact or see each other. Was gonna order it anyways to help with individual training. Now, I just have another reason, lol.

Thanks again for confirming my suspicions. Sorry for the photo but believe it or not that was the closest natural, non direct sunlight photo I could get of him.
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You're very welcome.
Both Lapis and Peridot are beautiful birds.

You might want to consider a double sided large flight cage with a removable divider rather than a "stacked" cage.
Several of our members have them and definitely sing their praises.

Double Flight Cage with Divider 1/2" bar spacing

If you are careful to prevent breeding, you can allow your budgies to interact with one another, enjoy out of cage time together, etc.

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Would that be okay in keeping Lapis from laying eggs? I'll look at all options but I also have to consider space in my room. I was looking at this one last night.

https://www.birdscomfort.com/stack_flight_cage.html
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Many people successful house a male and female budgie together with no problems about egg laying as long as they are careful to continually rearrange the cage, limit daylight hours and limit protein when the birds come into condition.

I wouldn't personally consider the cage you linked because budgies prefer to be up high and whichever budgie is housed on the bottom won't get much light.
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Oh! I totally forgot about that part. Thanks so much Faery. I'll get with the husband and crunch numbers and take measurements before purchasing a new cage. I'll try to continue being diligent though and maybe pospone the purchase for a bit. But if i find an egg I'm gonna be in trouble, the hubby said no more birds for a bit lol

Feel free to close my thread.
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IF you do find an egg, simply dispose of it immediately.
It is no different at that point than an egg you would get at the grocery store.

No life beging in a fertilized budgie egg until it has been incubated continually for several days.

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