Hi there, I have a new budgie, Kip, I adopted him from an animal shelter and they have no information on his background or how he came to be at the shelter. I am curious about his approximate age, my guess would be under 1 year. Any ideas? He has only been here a week and he's understandably a bit shy so I don't have many close up photos of him, I hope this one helps. Thanks:
Kip is a very nice looking boy. Once a budgie is an adult it is impossible to tell the age for sure, unless you know the hatch date. Kip has no baby bars on his head and I can see the iris in his eyes which indicates that he is an adult bird.
That's really helpful, I wasn't sure if there was a way to tell, so thank you for the info Cody. My feeling is that he is on the younger side, but his age isn't important anyway. I'm just happy to give him a home, and my only other budgie, 11 year old Bailey, is happy to have a new friend.
Kip is a very handsome fellow.
I do hope you have him in quarantine for the proper amount of time before introducing him to Bailey.
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.