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Hello,

I am just curious on if I should get a male of female budgie. I have read that males are less likely to bite, they are friendlier, and they are easier to tame and train. But, I have also learned that once they reach sexual maturity, they will get aggressive and become less friendly. If I was gonna get a male, he would be the only bird I would have. I just don't want to get a female because I don't want to deal with non-hatching eggs. I am going to spend alot of time with my budgie. What I am actually trying to ask is if I should get a female or a male, and which is friendlier.

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Old 06-19-2015, 07:07 PM
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I have two of each, and one of my hen's is the friendliest of the four and more interested in me than the other's. While hen's can be hormonal, and get territorial, mine as mature adult's are no different than my males. In my opinion, they both make great pet's and I wouldn't favor one over the other...
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IMO if you want a cuddly pet you should find a breeder that either socializes them or hand feeds them. Store bought birds don't always come from the best conditions and have zero socialization so you will be forced to tame a bird from scratch.

Even with being hand fed and friendly they won't be as cuddly as say a cockatiel. A budgie can still be sweet little feather ball that will snuggle with you, they just have to be in the right mood. Usually evening is snuggle time for mine, earlier in the day he is too full of energy to want to stand still for petting.

If you are in Alabama let me know because I know of two breeders that occasionally have hand fed budgies. They go for around $20 here for the American and occasionally one of the breeders sells the English variety for $35 but they are pet quality not show quality. I don't know of any breeders that sell show quality locally.
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Hi and welcome to the forums!
I think it depends as mentioned, any budgie has the capability to bond well with their "human". I know that many resources online say that females are more aggressive/hormonal, and they can be, but know that it isn't guaranteed that any female budgie is going to start randomly laying eggs. Trust me, that definitely is not as common as people make it seem.

Hand-fed birds are easier to bond with, and if they are from a good and reputable breeder, are usually bred for temperament so you know that you're getting a stable budgie. If possible, you should avoid big-box pet stores as their birds usually come out of bird mills.

It depends on the personality of each individual bird. My little girl is a single lady and she's going to be three this year, she's been absolutely lovely, very bonded to me, doesn't lay any eggs, isn't constantly in a mood swing. It just depends

I wish you luck on finding the perfect little companion, it's great that you're doing your research first! Keep us updated!
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I wouldn't worry too much about whether it's a boy or a girl. First you need to decide how much effort you want to put into the taming of the budgie as that'll determine if you need to go to a breeder for a hand-tamed budgie, or if it's going to be a pet shop budgie.

I've had 3 budgies over the years; 2 males and 1 female. The first male was very tame and lived to be 11 years old, but he would certainly bite. He came from a breeder. The second one was male and died young. Never tamed much and was very aggressive. He came from a pet shop. The one I have now is female and about 9 months old. She's super tame and so far has never bitten anyone. She came from a pet shop.

Whichever you end up getting, we'd love to see pictures
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They are both equally rewarding. One thing I have learned over many years is that while there are plenty of generalisations made about gender they can all be proved wrong. What always counts is the unique personality of the budgie you care for - they are all different!
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Okay! Thanks!

I don't really want to, but I am going to get my budgie from a pet store. The only reason is because I have looked everywhere and couldn't find a budgie breeder in my area that my parents would be willing to drive to. ?

Hopefully with all my time I have I will tame my bird to possibly it's tamest or close to it's tamest. ??
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I would post pics, but our laptop is out of whack right now, a game my sister played crashed it >.< Or is there another way to access and do it on your phone?
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