These are my budgies Alpha on left and Charlie on right ... I got them 3 days back from a friend... I want to know are they looking ready for breeding?... should I place a nesting box?
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Thankyou... I am trying to train them... starting with Charlie... Hope they do well :budgie:Hi and welcome to the wonderful world of budgies!
Female budgies are not always smaller in size,it is different from budgie to budgie. The most affective way to tell the gender,is by looking at a budgie's cere (bald patch above beak). In females,the cere will be brown (or blue/pink with white rings around the nostrils if young) and males will have a blue (or purple/pink if young) cere with NO WHITE around the nostrils. For the age: Look for white iris rings around the eyes. Baby budgies have no iris rings until they mature, except for some mutations like recessive pieds. Baby budgies also have "baby bars" on their head,wich they lose at their first moult(around 4months).
You seem to have a young female(still baby bars on head) and a male older than 4 months(already past first moult).
Your budgies are beautiful!
Thank you very much... I wanted to train them but someone told me they are mature to breed. I thought I would try training their kids... Good news for me that they are young. I am now looking forward training them.That photo is much better and now I'm seeing the light bluish mingled with white cere on your youngest budgie (one on the left) making me believe you have a very young budgie girl. Like I said before both your budgies are too young to breed, so in order to avoid problems do not give them any nesting areas for them. The one on the left is about 2 and a half to 3 months old. The male budgie on the right is fresh from turning 6 months old.
Take this time to learn as much as you can about the species, get to know your budgies and work on taming them so that in the future (at the very least 1 year from now) you will have a better experience when it comes to breeding.
It feels good to be in this forum... Thanks for all the supportHi and :welcome: to Talk Budgies!
Breeding is a big responsibility and should never be undertaken without extensive knowledge about budgies, their habits, personalities, health and research to ensure their health and well-being.
Since you are new to owning budgies, at this time it is important you learn as much as possible about budgies in general and the best practices for caring for your new little friends.
Additionally, as both your threads address the question of gender and breeding, I'm merging the two at this time.
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