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Hello! I have just got myself two lovely 9 week old budgies. I grew up with my mother owning these birds when I was a child and I adored them, but have never owned them myself as an adult. I am used to owning reptiles and cats/dogs/horses, so having birds is something quite new to me! So I thought I would join this forum to make sure I am doing everything 100% correctly for them.

Here is a picture of them after just a couple of hours of being in their new home - swinging on their perch and chirping together. The flash was on by accident in the 2nd photo because I don't know how to work my phone camera! D:



They have also been fluttering around on the toys and eating (and throwing around) a lot of their seed food. I think this is a good sign! I have named them Aspen (the one with a yellow face) and Aster (the whiter one), as these are unisex names as their genders are unknown. If anyone can tell from these images what genders they are, please let me know! I know it's hard to see when they're young. I personally can't tell from the bumps above their noses yet. Fingers crossed for a same-sex pair!

I have a few questions just to make sure I'm doing everything right, if anyone could spare some time to answer, I would be hugely grateful! I am sure the information is on these forums somewhere but the amount of places to look is a little overwhelming and I can't quite figure out how to use this website, lol.

1) Grit. Is it needed? If so, where does it go? I have heard many mixed opinions on supplying budgies with grit. I bought some just in case, and the breeder said I should give them some in a bowl. I'm not too sure.

2) Toys/perches. How much is too much/too little for two birds? They currently have 6 different sized/thickness perches including a swing and 3 large hanging toys (one is a mirror with a bell, the other 2 are chewy-type things). I have plenty more toys at my disposal which I was going to use to swap out every week so that they have new things to play with often. But should they have more in their cage now?

3) If they turn out to be a male and a female, what is my best course of action? They are from the same clutch (sorry if this is incorrect - I'm used to reptile terms!) so they are siblings. Will they need to be separated if that is the case, to avoid breeding?


Many thanks for looking!


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Aww they are adorable!
To answer your questions:
1.) grit isn’t needed, and a lot of people say it is harmful, it can cause something like impaction in reptiles i think.
2.) i don’t think there is such thing as too many toys, the more the better haha
3.) I’ve heard people say to limit their daylight hours and rearrange their cage and surroundings often!
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Aspen and Aster are adorable little budgies!

Budgie's should not receive grit - it can cause crop impaction. They hull their seeds before swallowing them so grit isn't necessary for their digestion.

How large is the cage you have your budgies in
Length, Width and Height?
The very minimum size cage for two budgies would be 30" long x 18" wide x 18" high
Volume = 9,720" cubic inches

You do not want the cage to be overcrowded. Toys can be rotated to keep things new and interesting.
Mirrors are not recommended. Budgies can become obsessed with mirrors leading to aggressive behavior, territorial behavior and some will even regurgitate to their image to the point they become mal-nourished.

I recommend you remove the wooden dowel perch in the cage and replace it with natural wooden perches of varying diameters to help prevent pressure sores.

Pressure Sores

The information in this link will give examples of better options for perches:

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The pictures you posted are not the best for determining gender.
In the first picture, their ceres are in too much shadow. In the second picture, the flash is most likely washing out the color of the cere so we are unable to give an accurate answer.
Please try to post close-up in focus pictures of each bird's cere taken in natural light (no direct sunlight and no flash)

When one has a mixed gender pair, rearranging their cage frequently, and limiting the light they get to 8 hours a day helps discourage breeding.
Please be sure you never put a nest box or anything that could be used as a nesting site in their cage.

When they come into condition, limiting the amount of protein in their diet at that time is important.


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Good answers already above

You have two cute GIRLS!

Be sure to read through our Site Guidelines, as well as the Stickies near the top area of each forum section. You’ll find answers to many question there. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, we’re here for you.

Looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful budgies! Also, we have a section for other pets as well, under our Lightheartee Chit Chat forum, in case you’d like to share pics of your non-avian animals .
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Hello and

You have two adorable new friends! Good for you that you are researching and trying to give them the best life you can. When I was a new bird owner, I made several mistakes but kept learning and trying to do better. Now I have a healthy, tame budgie whom I hope to have for many more years. Best of luck!

Also, we love budgie pictures, so don't feel shy about sharing!
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Hello all, thank you for your replies and welcomes! I will definitely be going through and looking at all of the information threads here.

I am glad that I decided to go against what the breeder said and not use the grit. Thank you for confirming that they should not receive it! I'm quite shocked that grit was suggested to me by their breeder.

Their cage is 29 x 14 x 20.5 (inches). All of the larger cage sizes in the store were only bigger by height, and I read that length is most important for budgies as they fly mostly horizontally. So this cage was the biggest in terms of length and width that I could find! I hope it's okay for them at least while they're babies.

@RavensGryf: Thank you for the help - I will be very happy if they both turn out to be female!

Here are some more pictures - it's hard to get proper lighting to determine gender as I don't want to get too close and worry them but they are just too sweet not to share!



I have some more natural wooden perches coming in the post next week to replace the plastic and dowel ones which came with their cage.
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I agree that Aster is definitely a girl but I'm still questioning Aspen's gender from the pictures posted. Maybe in a day or two you'll be able to get a full frontal photo of that one's cere.

They really are both quite precious! I love the photo of them "cuddling" together.
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I see where there can still be a question regarding the larger blue budgie. If you’d like to post more pics close, clear, and in good natural light, we can get a better look. However, I’m still going with female, due to the fact that the shade of blue with so much white just doesn’t look male to me.
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I will definitely try to get a better photo of Aspen! Thank you all for the help so far.
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Hi Emily and to the forums!

Aspen and Aster are adorable, and I love their names

I also believe you have two beautiful girls, although I'll wait for the new pics to say for sure as I can see why other members could see male

I can't wait to see more of them around here!

Meanwhile, be sure to have a look around the forums, including the links provided above by FaeryBee. If you have any questions after doing so, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help.

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