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Hi all. I don't know if anyone can help me. I've been looking into getting a bird for quite some time now and finally decided on a budgie.

Well things have changed greatly from me getting just the one. Basically I saw an advert for someone needing to re home their baby budgies as the cat wouldn't leave them alone and they were making to much noise.

There was 4 little birds cramped into a tiny cage and I felt that I couldn't just take the one and leave the rest behind in that situation so I took them all on.

I have a cage that is 90cm X 50cm X 90cm. Is this big enough for 4 babies.
I don't know the sexes either. I was told they were all boys but I'm not sure on the cere colour which is making me doubt that they are all boys.

I'm worried that I won't be able to tame 4 birds that are all living together and I didn't plan on breeding so I'm worried if they are not all the same sex.

These are my first birds and I'm worried I'm doing something wrong.

Does anyone have any advice to offer me

Also their wings on one side have been clipped. Will they be ok until they next lot of feathers come through

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Old 07-01-2015, 11:46 AM
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Welcome to the forums and the ever exciting world of budgie ownership!
I'm glad you have decided to welcome these budgies into your home.

We can help you out in determining your budgies genders if you post photos of them showing the whole beak/cere area.
Generally speaking an adult male budgie will have a royal blue cere (cere is the upper part of the beak where the nostrils are located).
A mature female will have a dark brown cere when in breeding condition and a creamy white cere when out of breeding condition.

Even if you have mixed genders in your flock, as long as you do not give them anything that they could use as a nest, then all should be fine and the chances of matings and eggs are substantially reduced.
You can also house 2 budgies per cage if you are too overwhelmed by the 4 being housed together. This could also avoid potential fights in the future.

For now, just take your time in getting to know each of your budgie's personalities and as far as training goes, go very slow at first, just by sitting close to their cage and gently talking to them. As you get to know them, you can pick the budgie who appears to be more brave and curious towards you and begin to tame him/her.
I have successfully tamed many scaredy birds with the help of a pet bird who is super tame and bonded to me.
For all the info and tips on how to tame your budgies, check the stickies at the Training and Bonding section.

When clipping a bird's wings, it's best to do so on both sides because they could have problems when it comes to balance when trying to fly or jump between perches. Hopefully soon they will grow back those flight feathers.

Good luck with your budgies!
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Hello maddiebell, welcome to talk budgies. Bless your kindheartedness in giving a home to these four little bird's. Aluz has already given you some great advice and info, and there is an abundance of information, and expert advice to be had from the many experienced, friendly folk's here who are alway's willing to share their expertise to help people out. Here is a thread with appropriate cage sizes for you to compare to.

https://talkbudgies.com/housing-budgi...age-sizes.html

Don't get overwhelmed or discouraged, spend time here reading and asking question's and thing's will be smooth for you and your new friend's....
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Hi and to Talk Budgies!

You are obviously a kind and loving person to have rescued all four of the little budgies We are here to try to help with suggestions and advice to ensure you are not overwhelmed when making the best choices for their future health and wellbeing.

Aluz has already offered many good suggestions and the link Randy gave you with regard to cage sizes is great.

To familiarize yourself with the forums, please take the time to read through all of the How To Guides, the FAQs and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.

You'll find most of your basic questions are answered after you've read through all of them.

I'm looking forward to hearing all about your budgies and hopefully seeing some pictures soon!!

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Hi there and welcome to the forums! You've definitely come to the right place for advice.

Everyone has given excellent advice. For four baby budgies, the best possible cage is the biggest you can afford. As they settle in and mature, their personalities will come to be apparent as well. If they're still very young, the males will have a pinkish or purple cere, and the females will have chalky whitish or pale blue ceres. As mentioned, we would be happy to help determine their genders!

There's tons of great information here, and if you still have any other questions, please do ask as we'd love to help

Hope to see you around, it's so great you were able to rescue all four of the little ones.
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Hello and welcome, you have already been given wonderful guidance regarding your questions so I simply will say HI and thankyou for rescuing these four new babies and taking them into your home and heart.
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Hi and welcome to the wonderful world of TB and Budgie parenting

What a wonderfully kind thing you have done for the 4 baby budgies im so glad they found you

The advice above is excellent and I really hope you feel less overwhelmed soon and can enjoy them more. If you really feel out of your depth however, perhaps a family member or friend or even someone here on the forum could potentially adopt one Or two from you?

Regarding the wing clipping, it is definitely safer for the bird to have both wings clipped rather than just one however hopefully they will grow out quickly. If you do notice that they are falling when trying to fly and wanted to trim the other wing, I would advise taking them to an avian vet, breeder or pet store to do it - that being said I am not a fan of wing clipping.

I hope it all works out well for you and your new flock and I look forward to updates. Also if you have any pictures of them I would love to see them
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I just wanted to say Hi you have come to the best place for lots of advice, it's the best!

You will definitely get the hang of it and I wish you luck with your 4 birdies. These little birds have the biggest personalities and will bring you hours of joy I reckon
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Hi all thank you so much for your kind and instructive words. I think I've calmed down a little now.

I think my cage is ok for now, is that right. I may in the future spilt the group depending on how things go or even try upgrade the cage.

I have a few pictures of the little ones who still don't have names. I like to get a feel for personality before I name any of my pets. It took me 3 weeks to name my gerbils.

Anyway it would be very helpful if I could get some help with sexing them and maybe that might help with the names.

They are still very frightened when I open the cage to add millet but they are getting better with me being outside the cage talking to them.

I'll look through the links posted now on my phone as my laptop decided to break on me this week.
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