, I got a hand fed budgie a week ago, it is 10 weeks old now. Iím thinking Jade may be a girl but this is my first bird and am not confident about sexing.
This bird is rather cuddly, which I did not expect. Itís very cute and Iím enjoying it. Jade asks for cheek and head scritches which I happily indulge several times a day. Jade also likes to hide under my hand cuddle and fall asleep. It feels like itís using my hand like a mother birds wing or snuggling with a sibling. This happens every day usually in the afternoon. I stop what Iím doing when Jade wants this interaction and just relax listen to itís cute noises ( sound like baby birds that are in my yard every year) then she/he falls asleep. I am careful not to pet Jade and just do cheek and head scritches. Jade can be quite playful as well, and steps up already, and enjoys riding on my shoulder.
I have been told repeatedly that budgies are not cuddly and only some like head and cheek/ neck scritches from their human flock members. Iím wondering if Jade is exhibiting baby behavior ? Is it likely Jade will grow out of this soon? Iím hoping that the desire for scritches continues.
The photos attached were taken yesterday. With different views and light angles more blue is visible. Iíve been told Jade has too much white around the nostrils to be a boy. What say you all? Iím going to get another budgie but want the same sex as I do not want to breed budgies. Iím not in a big rush but am thinking of getting another while Jade is young
I just now saw the other three pictures you added while I was writing this post.
From those pictures, I believe Jade is a little male.
Try to get a couple more pictures taken in natural light but not in direct sunlight and that will help with determining the gender.
The cuddling behavior is a "baby budgie" behavior but you never know for certain - you may end up with a budgie that does like to be held in that fashion. Chances are good that Jade will continue to enjoy the head, cheek/neck scratches as s/he matures. Do keep in mind that when Jade goes through puberty s/he will become more independent at that point but it sounds as though you are well on the way to establishing a very good bond already.
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I agree that we can use more photos in this case. Still in natural light, but without so much shining on the cere. At first glance Jade looks male, but in certain pics looking up close, I tend to think female. Frontal photos are what is needed, not side shots. I’d like to see if the heavy amount of white around the center of the cere is really there, or not.