I've seen a budgie I really like. Ideally I'd prefer a boy. The person in the pet store says the bird is too young to sex at 7 weeks but I'm not convinced.
I'd love your opinions, I know it's very hard to judge especially seen as I don't have photos.
It has what I would describe as a bright pink cere with no obvious white rings.
Any advice would be much appreciated.
The big difference between a male and a female cere comes at 5 days of age. though it is very had to say with 100% accuracy if a 5 day old is a boy or girl. The difference is that females always have white around their nostrils. Males do not. Sometimes a male will have a pink cere with pink circles that end up becoming solid over time. These are usually male recessive pied babies. Most males have a solid color cere ((Pink/blue or purple)) that turns dark blue when they get to adulthood.
This is a picture of a young female cere.
This is a picture of a young recessive pied male cere.
I'll put up a couple pictures of baby cere's to show the difference, as well.
Okay.. I have three more photo's ... The first one is of a 2 week old male ((like I said, not 100% accurate at this age, but pretty sure ))
Unfortunately, I don't have a girl right now to take a picture of.
And here's a 7 week old's cere difference between male and female...
Notice the prominent white on the female cere. This show's that it is a girl. The lack of that white, shows it as a boy.
Thank you for your reply Your budgies are gorgeous!
I phoned my husband to discuss it and he said I should go for it, it's the same budgie I spotted on Friday and had mentioned (a lot!). Well, I couldn't resist, I went back to see him/her and it felt like he recognised me again. I just knew I had definitely found the right budgie for me! So he's now settling into his new home. I'm trying to let him be just now so don't want to get too close for a proper look but I did manage to sneak a quick photo.
I'm still leaning more towards boy but I'm no expert! What do you think?
Also what type of budgie is he/she?
Thank you x
Last edited by Carlea; 09-07-2015 at 10:14 AM.
Reason: Forgot to add the photo!
Sydney will be a happy boy... Just remember that patience is the key when it comes to taming a parakeet.
Slowly introduce yourself.. Talking to him at first, and then putting your hand in his cage after a few days, and just leaving it in there. Let him get to know you on his terms. You'll both be very happy.