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Old 06-29-2010, 11:14 AM
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When a budgie is a recessive pied their eyes are always going to be a plum color...
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So...how can you tell the age of a budgie who is a recessive pied?

I know about the bar head...but the particular bird I'm trying to decipher age on does NOT have ANY marking on her head.

Also, as usual, I know a picture would help, but no go

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I'm really not sure. Aside from guessing, I'm not really sure there is a good solid way to tell. I mean, even with other mutations, it's never 100%, it's usually just a ballpark estimate.

I could be wrong, so I'll let other's answer
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I'm really not sure. Aside from guessing, I'm not really sure there is a good solid way to tell. I mean, even with other mutations, it's never 100%, it's usually just a ballpark estimate.

I could be wrong, so I'll let other's answer
Thanks for taking a look though
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Does your budgie have a band on his leg?
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Sadly she doesn't. For some reason...SOME STUPID REASON (sorry I'm very angry about this subject) no one in this friggin' place puts bands on the birds they breed. I swear...I wish I could beat them with a smart stick. I certainly plan on banding my birds.
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Some of mine are banded and some are not. One of my budgies hates his band.
It only really states the years they are born and the rest are the breeders personal
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It would still be useful though....Espescially on a bird like the one I'm talking about. Her age is so difficult to determine. Though...speaking of your budgie that has the band that it hates...sometimes they can cause medical problems and need to be removed. Is yours having that issue? I just thought I'd give you a heads up Not like you need one. You seem to be very efficient
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No, no health issues with his band, just doesn't like it.
If he continues to pick at it we will have an avian vet remove it.
Now that he has a female companion it seems to not bother him so much.
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No, no health issues with his band, just doesn't like it.
If he continues to pick at it we will have an avian vet remove it.
Now that he has a female companion it seems to not bother him so much.
I'm glad he's got a girlfriend
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It is hard to tell the age of r.pied for the reason you stated already. Head bars are also not considered indicators because r.pieds have irregular markings on their bodies including their heads. This is why you often see adult r.pieds with heads full of baby bars
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