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Hi all, I'm just speaking my heart here. I recently got two budgies home as a pair to bond and grow old together. It's been about 2 weeks. I was told both were around 4 months. When I got them home I realised (rather felt) the hen was much older say 6+. I checked with the breeder I purchased them from and he said that she is definitely not older than 4 months, realistically 3 months. She's very difficult and always squawks on top of her voice while the male is cute and seems to not know much so comes to me or else runs away because she won't let him. But the bigger problem for me is that she is older. I feel really bad that I am trying to bond a small baby to an older (cere starting to turn brown) female. I want to take her back but in my heart I will feel guilty and I don't know how much has he bonded to her. Additionally it's a 1+ hour trip back and forth and I don't know if I should take it. I am really upset that she's older and would really like some advice if I should get a younger one for my baby. I don't want to torture him
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Budgies of different ages can get along just fine so do not let that concern you. The difference in behavior may be due to her hormones and if she is coming into breeding condition, she may be a little more aggressive than what she would otherwise be, or it could just be her personality. Keep a close watch on their interactions and if she is becoming too aggressive to the point of injuring or bullying the other bird you will need to separate them.
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Hens can often be bossy and loud, its just how they are. If you aren't planning on breeding, maybe you could trade her for another male.
A pair of males will bond just fine and you won't have to worry about a hormonal female, unwanted breeding or egg laying.

A age difference isn't a issue with budgies.
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The age difference between the two budgies is nothing you need to be concerned about.
Cody has given you good information with regard to watching the female's personality.
You will need to make sure she isn't overly aggressive or bullying toward the male.
If she is, then they will need to be housed separately.

Additionally, since you have a mixed gender pair, you are going to need to do everything possible to prevent breeding behaviors.

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Rearranging their cage frequently, and limiting the light they get to 8 hours a day will help tremendously. Please be sure you never put a nest box or anything that could be used as a nesting site in their cage.

When they come into condition, limit the amount of protein in their diet at that time.
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I don’t think your hen is as old as you think she is, I can still see the faint barring on her head so I doubt she is much older than 4 months old. Maybe she is just a precocious teenager!
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Budgies of different ages can get along just fine so do not let that concern you. The difference in behavior may be due to her hormones and if she is coming into breeding condition, she may be a little more aggressive than what she would otherwise be, or it could just be her personality. Keep a close watch on their interactions and if she is becoming too aggressive to the point of injuring or bullying the other bird you will need to separate them.
I don't think I am worried about how she treats him. He even bites and pulls her feet and she is quite patient They are always running behind each other. But she causes a lot of discomfort to our ears due to the noise she creates.
I guess I was hoping since I want them to breed together that she should be smaller than him or at least the same age
Or am I just overthinking it? Everytime I see her looking bigger than him I get upset.
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Hens can often be bossy and loud, its just how they are. If you aren't planning on breeding, maybe you could trade her for another male.
A pair of males will bond just fine and you won't have to worry about a hormonal female, unwanted breeding or egg laying.

A age difference isn't a issue with budgies.
I am planning to breed in future...
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The age difference between the two budgies is nothing you need to be concerned about.
Cody has given you good information with regard to watching the female's personality.
You will need to make sure she isn't overly aggressive or bullying toward the male.
If she is, then they will need to be housed separately.

Additionally, since you have a mixed gender pair, you are going to need to do everything possible to prevent breeding behaviors.

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Rearranging their cage frequently, and limiting the light they get to 8 hours a day will help tremendously. Please be sure you never put a nest box or anything that could be used as a nesting site in their cage.

When they come into condition, limit the amount of protein in their diet at that time.
Thank you. I think I just have it in my head about how the age difference that's acceptable to me.
Yes I am not going to add a nest to the cage before a year and as of yet don't have anything around they can use as nest. Want to be careful myself not to encorage any egg laying before both of them turn 1.
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I don’t think your hen is as old as you think she is, I can still see the faint barring on her head so I doubt she is much older than 4 months old. Maybe she is just a precocious teenager!
Actually she's almost always puffed up probably why she looks older. The only time she isn't is when they are both flying around the room and that's when she looks about the same age. She was moulting when I brought her home but now she isn't so maybe that would help guessing her age? I don't think the male has moulted yet. He's always sitting with his wings away from his body.
Also, she doesn't have any bars
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Why are you planning to breed your budgies in the future?

Most budgies are happiest and healthiest never being bred.

Before breeding any species, it is important to learn as much about the animals, their personalities and the best practices to follow for responsible and ethical breeding prior to making the commitment to take on the responsibility. This requires extensive research and an openness to continual learning.

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