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Old 12-02-2016, 12:26 PM
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Why does Zuko look so scruffy and his feathers look so raggy. Compared to my other 2 he looks like he's been dragged through a hedge backwards, bless him. He's also slower than the other 2 in every way. I thought when I first got him maybe he was moulting but it's been about 5 weeks and hes never changed although above his cere is slightly pinkish and I think there are pin feathers.I will try and get some pics of him.

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From the photos it seems Zuko is still in the process of finishing his moult, I'm seeing a few pin feathers on the forehead area.
As for the current condition of his plumage, surely with a good diet it will improve and you will see this in the next few moults.
Zuko could also have damaged some of his tail feathers on his previous home.
This will also change once he moults the tail feathers and grows in new ones.

Not all budgies will have the same energy levels and some are naturally slower, some can even be a little clumsier than others and that is okay.
You may also notice more of a difference if you are used to having the smaller, pet type budgies which are known to be quite energetic and even hyperactive at times.
English budgies are generally calmer and more laid back.
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Oh that explains so much because Decca is a little live wire ,I was worried there was something not quite right with zuko.I don't really understand the English budgie thing, I thought they were all English are they different breeds . I wonder how they got so big. Extra large budgies.

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The species is essentially the same, the only difference is that English/Exhibition budgies have been selectively bred for certain characteristics, such as overall size, length of plumage, markings, etc.
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Oh, I think the normal budgies look much better if I'm honest but that is my opinion. Very interesting thank you

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You're very welcome!

Both types certainly have their charms and beauty.
I can only speak for the standard (smaller) pet type budgie and I love their seeming unlimited energy, playfulness and general zest for life.
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