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Hi this is my first post on this site.

I was trying to get a female companion for one of my 5 month old male.

I found this slightly sick one at the local pet shop and decided to nurse it back to health. The shop-owner assured that this was a female budgie.
But my male budgie doesn't seem to be interested in her at all (even though he is generally very 'horny', going as far as dry ******* my hand/foot)


Please help in clarifying whether this is a female or not (pic attached).
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Old 11-14-2015, 05:57 AM
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Hi and welcome to TB! Your bird looks like a cute female to me! Since you wrote that your male budgie isn't interested in her I wonder if you kept her in quarantine.

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Hi Nuxi, thanks for the welcome and the quick reply.

Any reason why the male would ignore her then ?
Could it be the color (the male is blue based)

Or maybe because the female is too young (I realized this only after reading up on how to determine the age of a budgie)
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I don't think it is the color. Maybe it is because he isn't used to her yet. How long do you have her? Or maybe it is because she is very young. I'm not an expert but here are a lot of people who are more experienced than me.
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I fully agree with Gaby.

Your new budgie should have been quarantined in a different cage and room away from your budgie for at least 1 full month. In case of illness quarantine time should be extended till you are sure the budgie is no longer sick and is perfectly fit to be introduced to your other budgie.

From that photo I can tell that you do have a young female budgie, and she is not yet two months old. Since she is sick, she's clearly not in good shape.
You have to make sure she is eating well and have her properly diagnosed by a professional avian vet and treated. Due to her young age and the fact she is sick, she may regress when it comes to eating and if this happens, you will have to hand feed her.

If you have allowed your male to be in contact with her you run the risk of this illness being spread to your male. For now and until your female budgie is back to full health, do not allow them to have a close interaction.

Best of luck with everything.
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I applaud you for picking the sick female budgie and wanting to make her better, but as others have suggested, introducing them now will potentially make your male ill.
They won't bond while you have a new, sickly budgie.
Imagine you were sick and moved away from everyone you know and then forced to live with some random stranger.

Your budgies have the potential to become friends, but the most first get your female in good health by following the advice aluz has given you.
Once your female is in good health, you should introduce the budgies slowly. Let them have time in different cages and see if they seem interest in one another and then you can introduce them to one another in the same cage.

If you're male is showing signs of wanting to breed, then you can decrease the hours of light he gets a day, give him a swing and ladder in his cage to work off some of his energy.
Throwing a sick female budgie in the cage with him, however well meaning, isn't the best thing, especially as she is so young.
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Thanks for the reply and concern guys.

Clearly the shop fooled me with the age.
I have been in contact with a vet. It is not a contagious sickness, just minor stomach thing and we've already started her medication.

I'll keep your recommendations in mind about keeping the two in contact.

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She certainly is cute! I hope when you say that you've been in contact with a vet that you mean a vet has physically seen her, that would be the best way to get a proper diagnosis....I would like to think that's the case if she's on medication! Good luck!
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Thanks for the reply and concern guys.

Clearly the shop fooled me with the age.
I have been in contact with a vet. It is not a contagious sickness, just minor stomach thing and we've already started her medication.

I'll keep your recommendations in mind about keeping the two in contact.

Thanks a ton

I hope she feels better soon! What did the shop told you about her age?
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I don't think it is the color. Maybe it is because he isn't used to her yet. How long do you have her? Or maybe it is because she is very young. I'm not an expert but here are a lot of people who are more experienced than me.
There are 2 reasons I see here. One being they haven't bonded yet, and 2 being she isn't old enough to breed. See all those lines on her forehead? The more visable the younger the birdie is! Don't worry. Give it some time. After she get's old enough to mate and is ready and willing her cere will turn a crusty brown, and the male will be very interested! Good luck with your !
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