I recently got a baby budgie to join my flock (2 cockatiels, 2 budgies and an African grey) and I was wondering if anyone could help with it's gender please? I'm also uncertain of the exact mutation, so if anyone has an idea, it would be appreciated. I also attached a photo of the parents to help with identification. Thanks in advance, Chanelle.
Your new budgie is a beautiful little female.
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It’s actually not true that males are more likely to be talkers than females. It depends on the individual bird and also how much time you spend interacting with and talking to it. Female budgies can be just as chatty as males and some males will never speak a ‘human’ word. Whether your little girl talks or not, put in the time and you’ll have a great little friend for hopefully, many years.
You’re very welcome. If she’s a little chatterbox already then that’s a good sign that she could learn to talk. I’d choose a few short, easy sentences and words and repeat those to her over and over. Some common ones that many budgies learn are - Pretty Girl, Good Girl, or Good Bird, their name, Kiss Kiss or Kisses (& make a kissing noise), Whatchya Doing? Of course, you can choose your own, but remember that repetition is the key. They also pick it up quicker if you’re standing close to them and looking at them rather than just repeating words from the other side of the room.
It's normal for her to want to get out of her cage to the other birds. However, it's important she's comfortable in her house first. Be sure she's in her own room in her own cage, and you can close the door and put music in the background to comfort her and lessen her focus on the other birds. In time, she'll settle in.
From the photos, it seems like she has a white face with no yellow, correct? If this is true, she's a grey opaline budgie
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Thanks for the link! Just to be clear, should I isolate her from the other birds for a time? They all go outside during the day while I'm at work, should I leave her indoors? No yellow on her face so I think she is a grey opaline, thank you!
Yes, you need to isolate her from the other birds for 30-45 days. This is called a quarantine period and it’s to make sure she doesn’t pass on any illnesses to the rest of your flock. As mentioned above, keep her in her own room and when you’re not home, leave a radio or TV on quietly for her. If it’s quiet during the day, budgies fear there is danger. Use this quarantine time as a bonding time for the two of you. If you can spend lots of time with her now and start to establish a bond, when the time comes that she is introduced to the rest of your flock, she will still likely see you as part of her flock and want to be with you.