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Question Question about albino parakeet

I've owned parakeets in the past, however, this is my first albino. I thought she was pure white until I examined her closely. While her eyes are the standard red/dark pink and her legs are flesh of an albino, her feathers have a very soft pink hue to them. The part of the feathers just above the ceres have a blush colour to them as well. I was wondering if any one knows what albino variation she is.

I was also wondering if any one knows of any specific health problems albino parakeets might get. I know all albino animals tend to have some.

They aren't the best pictures, I know, but Akastuki is new and a little shy right now.




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Budgies don't have the genetics for red colouring. The pink hue is either where you can see the skin or blood feathers or she's rubbed against a pink perch or toy etc.

The blue hue is common in albino and Dr spangled. It's just diffusion.
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Congratulations on Akastuki! She’s a cutie. As Amelia has told you, there is no red/pink pigment in budgie genetics, so it must be a stain or skin showing through.

What is the substrate on the bottom of the cage? It appears to be something that might be unsafe for birds. Risk of impacted crop from ingesting it, and can harbor bacteria inside. The recommended cage bottom material (and really the easiest) is paper. Newspaper, or a cage liner paper.

We have lots of helpful information here on budgies; healthcare, behavior, diet, housing, and a lot more. You’ll find answers to things you might be wondering about, by reading through the Stickies, and the Articles section. If you can’t find the answers you’re looking for, we’re here to help.
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Congratulations on Akastuki! Sheís a cutie. As Amelia has told you, there is no red/pink pigment in budgie genetics, so it must be a stain or skin showing through.

What is the substrate on the bottom of the cage? It appears to be something that might be unsafe for birds. Risk of impacted crop from ingesting it, and can harbor bacteria inside. The recommended cage bottom material (and really the easiest) is paper. Newspaper, or a cage liner paper.

We have lots of helpful information here on budgies; healthcare, behavior, diet, housing, and a lot more. Youíll find answers to things you might be wondering about, by reading through the Stickies, and the Articles section. If you canít find the answers youíre looking for, weíre here to help.
See, I know it's not skin, or pin feathers. Her entire tail feathers have a pink hue as with her "forehead". The other albino they had was the same way. As for a stain, I don't know what it would be from as the store I got her from had no toys in the cage and the only perches were white.

The bottom of the cage is gravel and grit. I only use it in the quarantine cage (I keep any new additions to the flock quarantined for about 45 days). The rest of the flock (only 3 for now, not including Akatsuki) is in a much larger cage and that one is lined with paper.
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That’s great that you observe the 45 day quarantine. The gravel and grit can be dangerous to budgies. What is the reason you’re using it in the quarantine cage? I’d just put paper in that cage too.

As for the pinkish hue, I don’t know where it came from, but it’s for sure not a natural color, as it’s genetically impossible for budgies to be red, orange, or pink. You should see snow white feathers after a molt .
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Thatís great that you observe the 45 day quarantine. The gravel and grit can be dangerous to budgies. What is the reason youíre using it in the quarantine cage? Iíd just put paper in that cage too.

As for the pinkish hue, I donít know where it came from, but itís for sure not a natural color, as itís genetically impossible for budgies to be red, orange, or pink. You should see snow white feathers after a molt .
Because it's marketed as a digestive aid, so I use that as well as the brand pellets they eat at the pet store or breeder (depending on where its from), to help transition it to what I use
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Please remove the grit from Akastuki's quarantine cage and replace it with paper.
I'm sure you don't want to risk her getting an impacted crop.
Just because it is marketed as a digestive aid does not mean it is safe.
Many products sold for budgies are not safe.
This forum promotes "best practices" in care of budgies for their optimum health and well being.

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Additionally, please cut the threads on the tassel down to no more than 1/2 inch.
Any longer poses a threat to your budgie becoming entangled in them.
Please take a look at the information in this thread:

Dangers of rope perches and tasseled toys

I agree with the previous posters. It is genetically impossible for a budgie to have pink or red feathers. As said, her feathers will be white once she molts.

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Please remove the grit from Akastuki's quarantine cage and replace it with paper.
I'm sure you don't want to risk her getting an impacted crop.
Just because it is marketed as a digestive aid does not mean it is safe.
Many products sold for budgies are not safe.
This forum promotes "best practices" in care of budgies for their optimum health and well being.
Ok, so I think I will be switching vets then. The grit was recommended when I got my first one. If it's truly unsafe then a decent vet wouldn't suggest it. I guess I'll look around for local bird groups and get vet recommendations from them :/

And ty, I didn't know about the tassels. I've always used it in my quarantine cage (though I change it with each new one that I get, just in case).
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The attitude toward giving grit to budgies has changed greatly over the years.

An ongoing problem arises from the fact that there are two very different types of material that individuals tend to refer to as "grit".

Often when the term "grit" is used, it is in reference to an insoluble rock like quartz which a budgie should NEVER have.

Digestible forms of calcium are called by whatever name is appropriate (e.g. oyster shell grit).

Even oyster shell grit is not needed and can cause crop impaction if the bird ingests too much of it. Giving your budgies a cuttlebone, mineral block and manu clay rose is quite sufficient.

Cuttlebones, Mineral Blocks and Manu Clay Roses

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Hi there and to the forums!

It's true that avian vets used to recommend grit, and those who are veterans of their field still do, as they are not often updated on the new recommendations for budgies. It's been shown that budgies, as parrots who hull their seeds, do not need grit to help break down their food. In fact, over time, it can erode away at their crop, causing injury and damage.

FaeryBee has given you great advice and resources concerning grit, as well as some fantastic links to read through to ensure you're updated on everything. Be sure to read through all of it, and if you have any questions after doing so, be sure to as as we'd love to help!

Also, could the pink tinge be from the pink rope? White budgies get stained constantly so even if it doesn't seem like it sheds pigment, she may have gotten some on her feathers anyways. Ropes can be very dangerous to budgies, so I would either remove them or at least cut all the fringe off to prevent problems in the long run

Best wishes with your pretty little girl!

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