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Old 05-14-2015, 02:51 PM
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I had a few budgie when I was a kid and really enjoyed them. However I did not take the best care of them, being young and uninformed. One was tragically killed in front of me by a dog, another was killed by his cage mate, and the thied lived a while but I had become a bit jaded about my cage pets by then. It's been about 15 years since then and I just bought my first real pet as an independent adult. I plan to spoil this beauty absolutely rotten.

Now here's where things get a bit funny and I could use some help.

I did my research and tried very hard to pick out a budgie that was young. I picked the one in the age with a lof of head bands and dark eyes... I got her home and realized that what I might have is some mutation that could make ageing/sexing difficult. So can you wonderful enthusiast tell me anything you can about this sweet bird.

She also has a band on her leg, but I'm not going to stress her out trying to get a closer look yet. I think it may be an open band though?


* A note about the pictures, the cage with the black bars was what they sold me at first. I quickly realized it was the WRONG age for budgie and traded for the white and yellow age.
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Old 05-14-2015, 02:57 PM
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Hi there, I'm sure others will be able to tell you with more confidence but I'm 95% sure you have a baby boy there, younger than 4months at least.
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Old 05-14-2015, 03:20 PM
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Thank you! That fits with my guess, but I am pretty clueless still. I was really wanting a young bird, sex wasn't important to me. I've been calling him, her since he/she is so pretty.
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Old 05-14-2015, 03:22 PM
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I also think it is a boy. I think he is under 4 to 5 months old because he still has baby bars. Welcome to TB,by the way!
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Old 05-14-2015, 03:29 PM
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Oh good!

I was thinking he was a baby, because of the bars, when I picked him out. What threw me was looking into what color he is and reading that some mutations (that look similar) keep the bars? I am still assuming he's a baby, if for no other reason than he was in a cage full of babies.

I got him two days ago and it was a TERRIBLE experience. I went to three different pet stores over three days to find my bird. When I came back to the place where I ended up buying him, the person working he NO CLUE about birds. The poor dear got out while he was trying to catch it, and flew unto a wall. I was so angry! Luckily today he is moving around the cage and eating and acting like a happy bird.

Between the huge stressful ordeal of getting him home, they sold me that cage with wide bar spaces. Yesterday we were hanging out and he tried to push through the bars! I called them and demanded an exchange for the new cage. Honestly I would have just walked out at any point if I weren't already getting attached to this baby.
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Old 05-14-2015, 03:34 PM
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One of my birds looks a lot like that! I'd guess it is a Recessive Pied Mauve Male that's maybe
3 to 5 months old. I could be wrong though.
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Beautiful baby! I love how the back is clear of markings. Really pretty.

Let me guess, he squeezed out of the bars of the first cage? Too bad the store staff had no idea what they were selling! Twigs and his late companion were able to squeeze their entire bodies right through one of my parrot's cages with 1 inch bar spacing. I was surprised!
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Old 05-14-2015, 04:29 PM
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He is lovely! All varieties lose the baby bars.
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I would say a dominant pied cobalt male. It definitely sounds like stressful situation for him, but that's ok, he will come around. Just try to stick to a routine and don't push the "bonding" too much for the first week or two. Keep a radio on if you can when you are not home, they don't really like silence. Provide a variety of toys and perches and he will decide what kind of toys he enjoys most on his own budgies are very intuitive and curious creatures and so much fun! Congrats on you new addition! when he matures he will most likely molt out all of that black (except maybe a few feathers) and be mostly white with that nice pop of blue on his back and tail!
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Old 05-15-2015, 02:55 AM
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Welcome to the forums!
I agree that you have a gorgeous young budgie boy there. I think he is a cobalt blue double factor dominant pied. He may also have recessive pied genes, making him a combination pied, but time will tell as his cere matures into the mottled pinkish and bluish colour (or not) and also whether he gets the irises on his eyes or not. If he keeps the pink colour on his cere and keeps the fully black eyes then you will know he has recessive pied genes on him.

And it is true that with some colour mutations budgies are able to keep their baby barring on the forehead, I have living proof with my 2 year old recessive pied girl Peppy, she has been through multiple moults and her baby barring is always there. My other recessive pied girl, Goldilocks also seems to be going the same way in keeping her baby barring.
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