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Old 03-10-2018, 02:48 PM
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Hello everyone, here to introduce my budgie Rocka and to ask for help selecting a partner for him

So I've already posted on the gender subforum with some pictures ( https://imgur.com/a/XgiVk ) and now here is a gif of him enjoying a scratch

https://imgur.com/a/7OxtO

He's already confortable around here, he has a closed balcony all for himself, already comes when I call him and eats from my hand. Trying to get him used to veggies but he doesn't seem to like it. I try to give him carrots and broccoli every day but he seems to chew on it and then let it go. He doesn't swallow it. I also give him germinated seeds every day and that he seems to enjoy more, but not even close to dry seeds. I only give him dry seeds early morning and late afternoon before sleep, during the day he has a mix of germinated seeds with veggies, and pellets available at all time (which basically he doesn't touch). Already a month of trying to get him used to other foods but it's been difficult. Any tips would be appreciated.

Btw it seems you were right, it appears he is around 7 months old since his iris is almost fully developed. But the black bars on his head are still there, although faint.

Anyway now I'm looking for a female to couple with Rocka. I went to a local breeder and noticed this one (sorry about the pictures but it was the best that I could do), budgie I'm mentioning is the blue one on the bottom right on the first picture:

https://imgur.com/a/JmpoJ

So I was wondering what age this female is, from what I've researched it seems around 7 months old? Iris clearly visible, cere plain white and some faint black bars on her head. What do you think about her health? Feathers have a cut and "eaten" appearance, they seem too short. Is this derived from moulting or could it be parasites/disease? What do you think about the mutations? She seems opaline and then has white wings and tail, what is this mutation? What do you think could be the result of crossing this female with Rocka? Thank you in advance!

All the best.

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Rocka is a cute guy, any reason you are looking for a female? Two males can be very happy together and then you do not have to be concerned about breeding.
The picture you posted of the local breeder does not look good to me, the conditions look very unsanitary especially the dirty rusty cage, I would not purchase a bird coming from the conditions in the picture.
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I completely agree with Cody I would not buy a bird from there. Also, a male and male pairing may do better then a male and female pairing. So you don't have to worry about breeding. What is the reason you want to get another budgie? Many solo budgies can live quite happily provided they are given enough attention, and will bond very closely with their owners.
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Since you are asking about obtaining a partner for your budgie for "breeding purposes" I ask that you please read the information in these three threads linked below:

Guidance regarding Breeding Advice Threads

A Heartfelt Plea to All Members

When We Don't Want Eggs

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.

You are very new to owning budgies.
It is best that you have a minimum of a year to gain the knowledge about budgies in general, your bird in particular and to do all the research necessary before ever consider breeding.

Additionally, there are aspects to breeding that must be considered prior to entering into it in an ethical and responsible manner.

What is your motivation for breeding?
Are you planning to breed these birds just one time?
What will you do with any offspring that may be generated from a successful breeding?
Do you have an Avian Vet nearby that can step in if there is a problem with egg binding?
How much time have you spent researching breeding so far?

Having budgies doesn't mean it is necessary to breed them in order to enjoy them.
It is possible to have a mixed gender pair, follow all the necessary steps to prevent breeding and enjoy just the two of them without breeding them at any time in their lives.

Once we have a better understanding, your questions may be addressed.
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Hello everyone, we were thinking of breeding like once a year. I guess we just wanted to experience the babies hatching and growing up and then we would keep some while giving others to family and friends. But after your replies and reading a bit we came to the conclusion that we just wanted a companionship for Rocka since we only spend about 1 hour with him during week days. We also think that it's important for him to have a friend of the same species. So we are probably going to get him a male friend. Thanks for the help!
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Sounds like you have done some good thinking on this! I look forward to seeing Rocka's new friend when you get him!

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Getting a male friend for Rocks is a much better option.

There are many things to take into consideration before getting a second budgie.

https://www.talkbudgies.com/other-pet...other-pet.html

If you decide to get another budgie in the future, please be sure to observe quarantine for the new budgie.

Quarantine means housing the new bird in a different cage in a different room than the current bird (as far away from the room the current bird is in as possible) for a period of 35-45 days.

Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill. Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks.
Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.

It is also a good idea to always take a new budgie in to see an Avian Vet for a "well-birdie" check-up. This allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet and the vet can establish a baseline for your bird in case of any future illnesses or injuries.

Distinction between an Avian Vet and a Vet that "Will See Birds"


2. Introducing the new bird to the current bird

Introducing two birds


3. Flock Dynamics

Flock Dynamics

https://www.talkbudgies.com/articles-...ous-flock.html


4. Where do you plan to get the new bird?

Why buy from an reputable breeder rather than a big box pet store


5. Vet Expense and Housing

Do you have the time, finances, etc to devote to another bird?

Are you ready, willing and able to house the new budgie separately on a permanent basis if it does not get along with your current bird after quarantine?

Be Prepared for Veterinary Care Expense
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Hi there and to the forums!

You've been given great advice! It's sounds like you've thought of a great plan and FaeryBee has provided you with great links to make sure it all goes smoothly!

In addition to the links provided above, be sure to read through the many forum's many articles and stickies that we have here, as they provide the best information for budgie care! If you have any questions after reading through everything, be sure to ask as we'd love to help.

Best wishes!
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