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Old 07-07-2015, 09:41 PM
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I'm going to be buying a budgie (maybe two) of my own soon, and I could not be more ecstatic!

The only thing that I don't really know is how I should choose one. I know not to choose one that looks like it may be sick, or one that is kept with a sick bird, but are there any desirable traits I should look out for, personality wised?

Another thing I'm interested in is gender. For those of you who have had both males and females, have you noticed any differences in personality in different genders? I've read that in birds, females tend to be more territorial and more aggressive, but I don't know if this is true for budgies. Any input is appreciated!

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Hi Aspen and to Talk Budgies!

Hopefully, you will be able to get your budgies from a good breeder in your area. If so, you will be able to ask questions about the budgies' parents, the diet the parents were fed prior to having their clutches, how often they are bred each year and multiple other things we can list out for you.

Female budgies can be more dominant and aggressive than males but there are also many females that are sweet and good natured. It really comes down to each individual bird's personality.

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Hello and welcome to the forums!

It's so exciting you've decided to be a budgie parent, and you couldn't have come to a better place for research and advice.

When looking for a budgie, it's better to get a young one. Look for bars on its head that go down to it's cere (they may be faint if the budgie is a mutation other than normal, which includes spangle, opaline, etc. or missing altogether if the bird is lutino, albino, double factor spangle, etc.) and no visible irises, as well as an immature cere colour. Young budgies tend to be easier to tame, as well as the most impressionable.

A healthy bird has organized, clean, slightly glossy feathers, wide bright eyes with no discharge, and a smooth, clean cere. The beak should be slightly shiny with no crusty spots or damage. The feet and legs should be supple and clean, with no crusty overgrowths. All toes should be intact and look for lines on the tail feathers. If you see faint black lines on the tail feathers, this could indicate stress.

The wings should be held close to the body, not loose, and make sure you see them walk around a fair bit to make sure their legs are in good condition.

The budgie you choose should be alert and interacting with its peers, make sure it looks interested in it's surroundings and isn't just sitting fluffed up somewhere.

Curious, happy birds make good companions

As for male and female, males have a smooth, shiny, pink or purplish cere which will turn to dark blue when they mature. Females have a smooth, chalky whitish or pale blue cere.

I can say that budgies all have different personalities which is generally nonreliant on their gender. My female is the sweetest thing, she is very closely bonded to me and not aggressive at all.

However, females tend to get much moodier when they are in condition, and although it really doesn't make a huge difference, they could get more aggressive during this time.

Of course, if you can, purchase your companion from a reputable breeder, and then you can ask them to be sure that the bird is young, healthy, meet the parents, and tell the gender, as a general rule.

I hope this helps! Please keep us posted on what you decide, we'd love to see pictures of the little one/s when you get him!

Oh, and yes, single budgies are fine alone, as long as you give them proper attention during the day, in case you were wondering.
There's lots of resources on here concerning cages, diet, and general health that are good, too! If you have any more questions, please do ask, as we'd love to help!

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Hello Aspen, it is very exciting when you decide to bring a new budgie or two home.
If at all possible buy from a reputable breeder, this way you can be part of the chicks life from an early stage and follow the journey, being with the other budgies is essential to a well balanced emotionally and social bird. It is here they learn how to be in a flock and how to interact with other budgies. This nurturing home helps to enhance the disposition and ability to interact.
Most breeders will also help out with a detailed food, basic first aid advice.
I would also recommend becoming acquainted with your nearest avian vet, start an emergency first aid kit, the forum has some excellent advice in the stickies here for you to familiarize yourself regarding all of these issues and many more.
Generally speaking most people choose or like to choose a male budgie, I must add though many here swear by their hens and have hens that are wonderful friendly birds, this is in part due to the way they are brought up in the aviary environment and had the parents raise them to the fledging age.
Budgies all have different personalities just like people, they also have times when the hormones kick in, be it male or female these times can affect the behaviour.
I hope you have fun choosing your baby and post some pictures for us all to admire .
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