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Default Baby Budgie / Adult Budgie Size Variances + Are larger budgies often bullies...?

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So I noticed my budgie is a bit of a little guy. I thought he would get bigger, and he has grown but not by much. He's 7 months, so maybe he has more growing to go but perhaps he's just on the smaller side. Just as I've noticed a wide variance in the size of baby chicks when they're first born. Some seem at least 3x the size of others, in the same clutch. This just normal, yes? The big size differentials? Or do those tiny chicks get bigger and catch up with their large siblings?

I've also noticed really big babies in the pet store. Some with baby bars seem quite large, while there are little tiny ones with baby bars.

I've also notice a couple big budgies bullying the others in the pet store. ... I was wondering... are larger budgies always going to be the dominant one in the flock and/or prone to bullying?

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The size of a budgie will not determine aggressiveness or more violent tendencies. This is for budgies of varying sizes within the smaller, pet type range as well as for the larger exhibition/English budgies.
The overall personality when it comes to temperament is what determines the budgie's level of sweetness or violence.
This is why it's so important to choose well adjusted pairs that have a good personality and temperament for breeding, because these traits are inherited.

As for the different sizes between clutch siblings, if one of the parents happens to have a larger size and the other is a bit smaller, some chicks can take the size after the father while others will take the mother's size and later on upon fledging some slight differences in size can be seen among clutch siblings.
This will continue to be noticed when they reach adulthood and for the rest of their lives.
As the young chicks are in the nest there is a big size difference between the younger and older ones and this is perfectly normal, because in certain stages, the size of the chicks will double depending on how many days they have. The difference in sizes on the nest will be less noticeable as the chicks reach weaning age.
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Thanks Aluz. Great information. I've been reading a lot about ethical breeder practices vs. the other kind of breeders (quantity breeders)... and the differences are astounding. It really is a gamble when you just don't know what you're getting. (inbreeding, zero breeding for personality factors, etc.)

Very interesting about the sizes and how all of that works.

At 7 months, do you think my bird will have more growing to do? Or is he about as large as he might get? (Forbidding any excessive weight gain from bad diet or lack of exercise.)

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You're very welcome.

Your budgie will not grow in terms of height, he will not become taller.
What happens is that as he reaches adulthood, his body will become fuller and this can give an impression that the budgie has grown in size.
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aluz has answered all of your questions exceptionally well so I have nothing substantive to add.

I'm always happy to see you actively researching all aspects of budgies, their personalities and best practices for their care.

Your little no-name boy is a fortunate little fellow!
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Thanks Aluz..... will be interesting to see how much he fills out. He's lithe. But I know he's eating well. .... I was researching all about what to look for in budgie behavior in the event I ever get my little guy a friend. That's not anytime soon..... but I like researching for that someday. And if any my friends or family ever decide they want a budgie. I could help them. Thanks so much for your wonderful insights.

Deborah.... thanks so much. .... The name! I know..... guilty as charged....! I was going to call him McEnroe and I was calling him that for a few days to see if he liked it and it kind of just didn't work. And, what isn't good.... something I may have realized.... when you name a budgie something that conjures an actual person.... you are projecting an identity on to them. And for me, I found myself having a visual of another person when I said his name.... so that's like a split image in your brain. It just didn't work. I told my niece today that "it was kind of like if you name your budgie Barack."

I sent my niece a list of name considerations. She is pregnant with her second child, and she said " this is 3 times as long as my baby names list!" Lol.

So.... the bird and I are going to have a sit down with the names and we'll have a conference meeting this week to see what name he wants.

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