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1 is my beautiful lutino budgie a male or female ? First we thought girl now we thought male so idk... and how can I tell how old it is since she or he has no stripes . And I will post another pic if you want ... she or he ig has no eye on the other side was like that when we got her from someone on fb that was giving her away... she is so skiddish and loves to sing. But won't let u touch or hand feed her. We have had her for like 2 months or so please help
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Hi, Welcome to Talk Budgies!

The purpose of this forum is to promote the BEST PRACTICES in the care of budgies for their optimal Health and Well-Being

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Your budgie is beautiful. What is its name?

We do need additional pictures to accurately determine the gender.
They should be full frontal pictures of the cere taken in natural light with no flash and no direct sunlight on the cere.
Bright light washes out the cere color and makes it difficult to determine gender.

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Additionally, please be sure to read the thread "Posting on the Forums" which is linked below.

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.
(Stickies are threads “stuck” at the top of each forum sub-section)
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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Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to trust you and it takes a great deal of time and patience on your part.
You should never grab your budgie or force her to be touched.
To bond with your budgie, you need to build her trust in you.
She will have to learn over time that you will not hurt her, grab her and try to force her to allow you to hold her.

To build your budgie’s trust, sit by her cage and read, talk or sing quietly to her for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After the 2nd or 3rd day, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to her so she'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt her.

After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Don’t make sudden moves, don’t try to touch her.
Let her get used to the idea that the hand is now in her safe place and not harming her.

After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your budgie. If she becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until she calms down. When she's comfortable with your hand near her, you can offer her a bit of millet or a few seeds. In a few more days, you can begin your taming and bonding sessions.

Always work at your budgie's pace.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly to her whenever you interact with her.

Bonding means allowing your budgie to choose to be with you.
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Those pictures still have direct sunlight shining on her cere. Bright light washes out the cere making it difficult to determine the actual color.

I recommend you remove the wooden dowel perches in the cage and replace them 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:

Essentials for a Great Cage

Why do you have so much of her cage covered during the day?
You need to remove the sandpaper coverings from the perches immediately.
Those are extremely bad for your budgie's feet and can cause bumblefoot.
As mentioned in my previous post, you also need to remove the wooden dowel perches and replace them with natural wood perches of varying diameters.

Please, please please -- Read the information in all of the Stickies at the top of each forum as well as the Budgie Articles so you can learn to give Tweet the best care possible.
As mentioned by StarlingWings: The necklace and wind chimes are not budgie toys and as such most likely are made with coating or paint that can easily be chewed off and ingested with potentially fatal consequences.
Additionally, budgies do not need a mirror as it can eventually lead to aggression, possessive behavior, etc.
Please remove these items from her cage right away! The links provided above will help you to add some toys that she will love and are safe for her.

Additionally, please respond to the question as to why you have the cage covered during the day. How long has Tweet been with you now?
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