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I recently got 2 budgies from the petstore and they were already extremely close to eachother from the get go. They were both under 4 months so determining genders based off of ceres was difficult, especially since they won't stop
moving. Not to mention, the staff had no idea what they were doing. I get home and they finally stay still so I can closely inspect them. One had a whitish outline on the nostril (female) and the other didn't (male). I'm a first time owner and in the case of fertile eggs, I would have no idea what to do. These two are extremely sweet for being untamed and it just kills me to have to let them both go. If I keep them both, I would have to be extremely cautious, deal with any complications (egg binding), and fertile eggs, return both so they can still be together, or keep one, having to deal with it being depressed. What do you think I should do?

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Hi there, and welcome to the forum.

Breeding is not inevitable, there are many members on here that keep mixed sex pairs with no intention of breeding them.
https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...want-eggs.html

I suggest you have a read through the above sticky and hopefully that will reassure you enough to keep and enjoy your new budgies.
There is a lot of useful information on this site, here's a link to a list of other stickies that you can peruse at your leisure:
https://talkbudgies.com/general-budgi...-stickies.html

When you have the time, we'd love to see a photo of your birds.
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Hi! to Talk Budgies

Many people keep mixed gender pairs with no problem whatsoever.

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...s-new-old.html

Please take the time to read through the Site Guidelines, all of the How To Guides, the FAQs, the Budgie Articles and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.

I'd recommend you keep both budgies and follow the steps for preventing egg laying.

If the budgies happen to become overly amorous when they come into condition, simply separate them into individual cages in different rooms and limit their daylight to no more than 8 hours a day as a short term measure to bring them back out of condition.

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Another suggestion, if you have the room, is to house them in something like this https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...le+flight+cage they will be separated by a divider but still able to chat and see each other. Otherwise the above advice is adequate in preventing breeding.
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In some instances, members have had budgies that are very keen to breed, but in the majority of cases, people allow their budgies to breed.
I have a mixed flock of 14 budgies.
I have one male/female pair in their own cage and the others 5 males, 7 females, share one big cage and I have never had an issue with broody birds, discouraging breeding etc.
I had to split an old pair up once because they were mating, but once I followed the steps on here to throw them out of breeding condition, everything was fine.

It sounds like you have a wonderful pair of birds and keeping them together will be fine.
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Hi there, and welcome to the forum.

Breeding is not inevitable, there are many members on here that keep mixed sex pairs with no intention of breeding them.
https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...want-eggs.html

I suggest you have a read through the above sticky and hopefully that will reassure you enough to keep and enjoy your new budgies.
There is a lot of useful information on this site, here's a link to a list of other stickies that you can peruse at your leisure:
https://talkbudgies.com/general-budgi...-stickies.html

When you have the time, we'd love to see a photo of your birds.
Here they are! The yellow is a female and the other one is male. I apologize, the cage is quite bare right now, but all my toys should be coming tomorrow.

Everytime I come up they just close their eyes, does this mean they're telling me to go away?

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Another suggestion, if you have the room, is to house them in something like this https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...le+flight+cage they will be separated by a divider but still able to chat and see each other. Otherwise the above advice is adequate in preventing breeding.
I would love that, but the thing about them is they absolutely hate being seperated. I saw that one of them decided to perch somewhere else and they both started squawking and chirping until one of them flew back over. Thank you for the suggestion though!
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Hi! to Talk Budgies

Many people keep mixed gender pairs with no problem whatsoever.

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...s-new-old.html

Please take the time to read through the Site Guidelines, all of the How To Guides, the FAQs, the Budgie Articles and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.

I'd recommend you keep both budgies and follow the steps for preventing egg laying.

If the budgies happen to become overly amorous when they come into condition, simply separate them into individual cages in different rooms and limit their daylight to no more than 8 hours a day as a short term measure to bring them back out of condition.

Truly, the very BEST advice anyone can offer you is to take the time to read ALL of the stickies throughout the various Talk Budgie forums as well as the Budgie Articles we have posted.

These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgies for their optimal health and well-being.

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For gender and/or mutation help - Lighting and Angle DOES matter

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Thank you! I have read all the stickies on breeding and taming/bonding. I have to say, reading them made me feel more confident in choosing to keep them.

In the events of me needing to seperate them, the second cage is a bit smaller than the main cage, would this be OK?

How long is the recommended time for keeping them seperate?
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Hi there and to the forums!

Congratulations on your new budgies They're precious.

You've been given great advice above. It's definitely possible to keep male and female budgies together as long as the correct steps are taken to avoid accidental breeding. The link titled "When We Don't Want Eggs!" is great to read over. It's fine if the second cage is a bit smaller than the main cage, they most likely would only need to be separated for a couple of weeks, or until everybudgie's out of breeding condition. It varies from bird to bird; however, you may not even need to to that

Meanwhile, be sure to read through the links provided above by FaeryBee, which include the forum's many Budgie Articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subform for easy reference) to ensure you're up to date on all the best practices for budgie care!

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

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The fact that your budgies are closing their eyes when you come close means they are learning to relax around you.

You can play the "blinking" game with them.
Turn your head partway sideways rather than facing them head on. Very slowly blink your eyes.
Often the budgie(s) will blink back at you.
Repeat the action several times. This is one way to help calm and relax your budgies as they get to know you.

StarlingWings has answered your question regarding the length of time for separation (if necessary).
Many times it never comes to that and if it does, usually a couple of weeks will take care of the issues.

Best wishes!
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