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Hello everyone. I'm new to this site and to budgies. I'm so excited to be a budgie owner. I have a Larry and a Lucy. I'm unsure of their age. They are a bonded pair that I'm hoping to breed. I'm also hoping I can get some input on their genetics. I'll find the correct spot to ask that question. Happy to be here and to meet you all.
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Larry and Lucy look like they’re past the juvenile stage, and have their full coloration. Once birds are adults, it’s hard to tell their age unless they show signs of being elderly. In order to breed, you need to know quite a number of things first. It’s not advisable to breed when they’re over 4-5 years. What it the history of these birds? Are you positive they aren’t siblings?

We suggest to anyone who hasn’t bred before, to take their time and research all aspects. There are a lot of people out there not doing things the optimal way. We have current information in our educational resources here, so be sure to read over the Stickies near the top area of each forum section. The breeding section has lots of information in the Stickies as well as advice in the threads that you can learn from. We’re here to answer additional questions too . Looking forward to hearing more about Larry and Lucy!
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Larry and Lucy are quite cute.

Why do you want them to breed?

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.

As you are new to budgies, you need to learn everything possible about them, their temperaments and how to care for them before even considering breeding them sometime in the future.

An individual should first have a good background in basic budgie care as well as experience in handling the budgies and then do extensive research into the proper breeding practices prior to making the decision to accept the responsibility of the commitment required for breeding responsibly and ethically.

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Have you taken your budgie to an Avian Vet for a wellness check-up? If not, I would suggest you do so.

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Thanks so much for your reply's. I've been interested in budgies for about a year. I've been reading a lot about them. And have family members who have them. But I know I still have lots to learn so I appreciate any and all advice. My mom is going to be helping me. She used to breed and raise budgies so luckily I have her to help me too.

I will make sure to read through everything suggested. I've already purchased natural wood perches and Larry and Lucy are very happy.

Sorry about the thumbnail. I will make sure not to do that again.

Thanks so much for the warm welcome!
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Hi there and to the forums!

Your pair are adorable, and you've been given great advice above. It's good to hear you're not rushing into breeding and intend to do as much research as possible before considering it

I can't see the cere of the white one well enough to confirm his/her gender, but s/he is a blue recessive pied budgie. The blue and yellow male is sky blue yellow face II single factor dominant pied

We hope to see more of you around the forums!

If you have any questions after reading through everything, be sure to ask as we'd love to help.

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That’s great that you’re willing to wait to breed, and you understand why taking your time is important. Make sure to look into diet, behavior, health care, not just breeding. We have the most current information. Depending on how long ago your mom bred budgies, she might know the “old school” ways which aren’t recommended anymore. There have been lots of advances over the years! Any questions you can’t find the answer to, just ask .
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