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

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Hi there, I got some new budgies today! I wanted to know what their sexes were because the lady at the pet store said "they're too young to know for sure"


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Hi Gio Your sky blue opaline budgie is a little boy, while the mauve violet yellowface dominant pied budgie looks to be female. Do you have more photos of the pied to confirm?

Both are beautiful! Since it's likely you have a mixed-gender pair, be sure to read this thread so you're able to correctly prevent accidental breeding

https://www.talkbudgies.com/budgie-b...want-eggs.html
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Your budgies are beautiful.
I agree with Star with regard to their genders.
Please do be extremely diligent in order to prevent breeding.

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Beautiful budgies!

You’ve been given good advice and some recommended reading on how to prevent accidental breeding of your male and female. Follow the advice in the links, and you shouldn’t have a problem.
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Here's more pics of Smirky the yellow face, sorry for the late reply, and thank you, I have read the article and some other articles and I will try my best get rid of any possible breeding conditions! Will I have to get rid of the mineral block in my cage? I put both a cuttlebone and mineral block in the cage, but since the female can't have so much protein, should I remove it and just leave a cuttlebone?
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A mineral block is just fine. Limiting protein mostly means limiting the amount of egg food you feed and ensuring you’re feeding maintenance pellets and not conditioning or high potency pellets. Smirky is definitely female
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Would "ZuPreem FruitBlend with Natural Fruit Flavors Food for Parakeets" be high potency pellets? Because I bought those. Should I reconsider putting them into their bowls? I haven't yet put any because I am still working on how to add it into their food. But if I can't I wont. By the way, Thank you everyone who helped me with my new budgies' genders!
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Leave the cuttlebone and mineral block both in the cage.
Feeding Zupreem Fruity Pellets in addition to a high quality seed mix and vegetables will be just fine.

A "High Potency" pellet is the type such as Harrison's High Potency Mash and will indicate such on the label.

Limiting protein when Smirky is in breeding condition basically means cutting back on the amount of egg food in the diet during that time period.

Generally, you can feed egg food a couple of times a week although when the birds are molting you may want to increases it to every other day. When Smirky is in condition, cut the egg food back to once a week


It can take several weeks (or even months) for budgies to decide to try a new food.
Fruit is high in sugar content so vegetables are actually healthier for your budgies with fruits given only occasionally (once or twice a week)

Healthy Diet for your Budgies

Please take the time to read the Budgie Articles and the Stickies posted at the top of each section of the forum.
Most basic questions have been answered there.

You will find many different tips with regard to presenting vegetables and encouraging your budgies to try new foods in the Diet and Nutrition section of the forum.
The first vegetable which my budgies that had not been weaned to vegetables tried (and loved) was sweet corn kernels sprinkled with a teeny bit of garlic powder (NOT salt).

Budgies seem to love "spicy" tastes.
They also adored fresh basil, cilantro, chickweed, zucchini and red pepper.

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Using Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother)
as a natural pro-biotic is very beneficial to your budgies:

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When I introduced pellets to my budgie, my Avian Vet recommended using Harrison's High Potency Mash and sprinkling it on the budgie's seed mix every day. This way, when the budgie hulls the seed it tastes the pellet mash and ingests bits of it as well. This helps the budgie identify the taste as a food source.

Many members seem to find the easiest pellets to use for introducing pellets to their budgies to be the CANARY sized Zupreem fruity pellets. Most budgies like the taste and the "Canary" sized pellets are tiny enough for them to easily eat them. Once they've become accustomed to the Fruity Pellets, introducing the smallest "natural" pellets is then an easy step.

Other than when I was using the Harrison's mash, I've never mixed my birds' pellets and seed together. My birds have three separate dishes each with a different brand/flavor of pellets available to them 24/7. Their seed is rationed to approximately 2 teaspoons of seed per budgie each day. I give them seed first thing in the morning right after putting clean newspapers on the bottom grate of the cages. I sprinkle their morning ration on the paper so they can forage for the seeds. I then do the same thing in the evenings (after replacing the soiled newspaper with clean) and again allow them to forage for their seed.

All of my birds have the option to eat the available pellets whenever they like throughout the day and they all enjoy them!

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Smirky is gorgeous! You've been given perfect advice by FaeryBee That's exactly how I feed my own little girl.
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