Found this beauty in the pet store today! I love the pet store we have here because the birds are usually half-tamed. I was with my friend and as an early Chanuka present, he bought me my new baby! The store also does quarantine with their birds and make sure they are in good health, so I trusted them and decided to let Kist and him meet. Kist wasn't that happy in the beginning but afterwards he started warming up to the new guy. I couldn't be happier!!! They are in separate cages for now until they get use to each other.
I am guessing that it is a male that is less than 4 months. He has strips on his head that go to his beak. His nose when up close is pretty pink, so I am guessing male. I have seen a white female and their beaks are usually very white and his isn't. Hopefully, I will know soon!
Now I need a name... We were thinking Inno, from Innocent, but we aren't sure yet. Any ideas!!! All are welcome!!!
He's a cutie. Looks to be an albino but if he has stripes he is likely to be a very poorly marked lacewing. Ensure you have a spare cage and introduce your budgies properly, rather than putting him with your current budgie straight away.
Congratulations! He's a sweetheart I agree with Erin concerning mutation.
I also think you should let the new guy settle in some more before putting him with Kist. Quarantine is always ideal because even if you trust the source, it's better to monitor their health with your own eyes. However, since they've already met, leaving the cages next to each other for a long period of time without letting them interact again is a good idea.
His stripes are very faintly there, and I can only see them around his eye, not on top of his head. I can tell that the strips would go down his beak when looking at the half stripes near his eye. His eyes are red and he doesn't have any other color other than white and a little off white with his stripes. But if he is a Lacewing than that is fine too!
He is in a separate cage from Kist and they are near each other. I will keep them separated and only allow them small visits with other until they get to know each other. I am also going to do some research about how to go about introducing them properly.
Today he started eating millet from my hand, so he is already calming down.
Even though the pet-store "quarantines" their birds, there is no guarantee all the birds in their store are healthy. It is always best to quarantine any new bird for a minimum of 45 days for the well-being of both your current budgie and your new one.
Quarantine means housing your new bird in a different cage in a different room as far away as possible from the room where your current bird(s) are housed.
Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill.
Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks.
Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.
I would suggest moving the new budgie's cage into a different room and observe the quarantine period even though the two birds have already "met".
It is also a good idea to always take a new budgie in to see an Avian Vet for a "well-birdie" check-up. This allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet and the vet can establish a baseline for your bird in case of any future illnesses or injuries.
When you are ready to introduce your two budgies after the 45 day period, please be sure to introduce them in neutral territory. Sometimes having two or three supervised meetings prior to moving them into one cage is advisable. Before introducing a budgie into another budgie's cage, the cage should be completely rearranged (perches, toys, food and water dishes) in order to help prevent any potential territorial issues.
Enjoy your new budgie -- we'll be looking forward to pictures and updates as he settles in.
His name is Quinn!!! It means wise and to me wise reminds me of pure, like white, so I think it matches him perfectly! Thank you, StarlingWings, for the list of names, it had that name there. I couldn't be happier!
It would be very hard for my family to quarantine Quinn because of our living situation, but he is in a separate cage from Kist for now. I truly do trust the pet store I got him from, so I am going to proceed with letting them meet. Thanks, FaeryBee, for all the information though, I will definitely consider it if we move and I get another bird. For now, I am sticking with two, haha.
So far today, they are definitely getting to know each other. Kist started out getting jealous that Quinn was on my fingers (he thinks my fingers are a bird, or something similar), but now he is trying to kiss him and groom him. He is being very gentle with him. Quinn is still a little scared but he has been returning fluffs and tail wags with Kist and singing to some music. Even though they are doing well with each other I am going to separate them for a few more days, rearrange and clean the cage, then introduce them to their new home.