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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 07-17-2019, 12:19 PM
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Hello

As said above, two males can become the closest of friends. There are no defined behavior differences as a whole, between the two genders in budgies. Your boys look adorable together.

Adding females can cause discord in the flock, and turn the boys against each other. You would then need more cages to separate them. You never know how adding budgies will turn out. Then on top of that, you’d need to take extra steps to discourage egg laying and breeding; which is best left to those with a considerable amount of experience. Things can and do go wrong. It might just become more of a headache than you thought, to add females. Again... budgies are not particular with gender when it comes to their friendships.

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Thank you all for the great advice!
I've bred & raised Zebra-Society finches/Canaries (red factors) for quite some time.
During these years I've rescued two parakeets. One was flying in my back yard and was able to catch him, we called him Lucky.
Lucky spent many years with me and boy was that a great experience.
Lucky had his own lil jungle gym and lived very happy. Lucky was also well trained.
(light blue in color)
The second lil fella was named Chance, I found him during a rainy afternoon in a rolled up newspaper. Chance as well lived with us for quite a few years.(green/yellow color)

Married with 3 kids later
We bought these two lil guys
Jax and Pixel
So I wanted to attempt breeding (simply being honest)
After reading thread after thread here, I felt confident moving forward, (giving my experience with the birds mentioned above)

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Old 07-17-2019, 02:11 PM
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So... With that being said.
I reached out to a breeder who says these are females.
These were the only pictures provided
What is your opinion, male or female?
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Old 07-17-2019, 03:02 PM
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If you have experience in breeding birds and you specifically bought your budgies intending to breed them then it is another matter.

But keep in mind that your male budgies are young, and they should not be bred until they are 1 year old, so there is no hurry to buy the females immediately.
Anyway, you need to buy two females (not just one) because having odd numbers in budgie flocks is not a good idea, as a budgie would be left out.

Besides that, in the first photo the ceres of the budgies are not visible so it is impossible to determine their gender. The budgie in the second one looks like a male to me, but I am not sure.
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So... With that being said.
I reached out to a breeder who says these are females.
These were the only pictures provided
What is your opinion, male or female?
Cannot see the ceres well enough to make a determination. However I will say that if that is the cage that the breeder is housing the birds in on a permanent basis then I would question the experience and knowledge of the breeder, there are too many birds there in a very small cage. If it is a travel cage then that is another matter.
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Going to heed all the advice given above.

As I am enjoying these little guys too much.

Jax and Pixel about to enjoy their treat.
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Going to heed all the advice given above.

As I am enjoying these little guys too much.

Jax and Pixel about to enjoy their treat.
That's great to hear! Breeding should never be entered into lightly. There are so many things that people don't think of before they jump in with both feet. Yes, it's very exciting, but it can also be very heart breaking.

Some things to consider (for everyone reading this)

1) Are your birds the right breeding age?
2) Have they been vet checked?
3) Do you have the proper size breeding cage and nest box?
4) Do you have proper nesting materials?
5) Are they on a healthy balanced diet? Pellets, fresh veggies, egg food, sprouts, cuttle bones, mineral blocks, vitamin supplements, ect...
6) Do you have extra $$ set aside in case of emergencies? (egg binding, aggressive behaviour resulting in injuries, ect.)
7) If the hen rejects the chicks, are you prepared to take up to 8 weeks off work/school/social activities/family obligations, if you need to hand feed the chicks?
8) Do you have homes lined up for your potential chicks.
9) Are you prepared to keep all the chicks if you can't/won't find them new homes?
10) Will you prepared to take any chicks back if their new home is not working out?

The list can go on and on, these are just off the top of my head right now...
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Great to hear you’ve changed your mind. There are so many reasons why sticking with your two is a good idea. They get along well, and you aren’t having problems .
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Any opinions of adding a 3rd boy?
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