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Old 09-25-2016, 04:04 AM
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My Budgie named Sunny is my Alpha in the cage. She always checks the food and water anytime its changed, if she don't like it, she does everything she can to throw it away. She even inspects new toys, if she don't like them, she figures out how they work, and then dismantles them. Currently she has decided that she don't like the little mirrors that are inside one of the toys. She has been trying to remove them. No success so far, but she will keep trying. I am not looking for a way to fix what she does, I think its just her personality. I just figured it might be something fun to share with the group. Sunny is almost completely Yellow, and has absolutely no normal color markings found on a normal budgie. The Yellow color is on the outside feathers, but under the yellow is all white. You only see the white feathers when she lifts her wings, or her feathers get ruffled. She has the albino gene, so she has the red eyes also. I am sure the albino gene is also responsible for her lack of markings. The vet said its possible that when she gets older, she will become a completely white bird with red eyes.

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I think it sounds like Sunny is a lutino. I highly doubt she will lose all her marking and turn white. Did you take her to an avian vet? They are trained and more knowledgeable than a regular vet in dealing with birds.

Her behaviour is absolutely normal.
Budgie toys are made to keep them entertained and curious and having shredding toys for them to destroy is a very good idea. Maybe some kabobs would be nice for her.
If she's a lone bird, I would remove the mirrors on her toys or cover them if you can. She could get attached to the bird she sees in the reflection.

it's also common for a budgie to turn up the food & water pots. Best thing is to find a pot that isn't so easy to flip up (making sure they don't run out of food or water during the day if you're not there).

All in all, it sounds like Sunny is a active bird that's doing exactly what she should be doing.
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She has 4 other budgie friends, and she has bowls now that she can't flip. So instead she climbs into them and kicks and thrashes the food out if she don't like it. She even resorts to taking one piece of food at a time and throwing it out of the bowl. She has done this for more then an hour or two none stop. All 5 of my budgies each act and react completely different. None of the other 4 take things apart, or throw food and water away. They each have other things they do, but Sunny is Unique among the 5. She also already has no markings. She is completely yellow, except for the feathers underneath are white.
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Hi Nick!

Sunny sounds like quite a playful little girl

Yes, she's definitely a lutino budgie. The "albino gene" the vet mentioned is called the "ino gene" as it causes both albinos and lutinos by removing all pigment from the usual markings, leaving them either completely white (in budgies that would normally be blue or grey) or completely yellow (in budgies that would normally be green). The white feathers under her wings are present in all budgies, these are the down feathers that exist under their regular feathers and are exposed under the wings. These fluffy white feathers help to insulate them

I think it's fascinating to see how different budgies act, for sure!
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