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I picked up a baby budgie on Friday and the breeder said she thinks it is a boy but she is not 100%.

The reason she is not 100% is because he only came out of the nest 3 days ago prior to pick up and she said he was eating independently.

Can anyone identify based on the pics what the gender is?

Also... is it possible that she sold him too young? He seems to not know how to act like a budgie. There is no chirping, no singing, no playing. He is not exploring his cage much either. The only reaction he has is if he hears other birds he goes crazy looking for them...He only identifies seed and will eat it even from my hand but will not touch any other food given like veggies... not even millet. He won't take millet?!

I am hoping he is still adjusting... I have had him for 3 days.
 

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First question first is, how old is this budgie?
"Just out of the nest three days ago" doesn't fill me with a lot of confidence... Budgies should be at least 8 weeks old before they are released from a breeder, so hopefully that's the case.

I believe that you do indeed have a boy.

As to his behavior, you need to give him time. His entire world has literally been upended.

If your bird(s) come from a breeder that worked well at socializing their animals, then the process below is the same but it may go much quicker for you. You should move at the pace that your animal is comfortable with.

Start by resting your hand on the outside of the cage for 5-10 minutes a few times a day. Talk to them as you do this, in a quiet and steady voice. Read something to them if you like ;) Do not try to remove him from the cage for the first couple of weeks.

After two weeks of this, you can move to just placing your hand "in" the cage. You can use their behavior as a judge on this one. If they actively retreat from your hand, even when it’s on the outside of the cage; they aren’t ready for you to go to the next step. Once they start to essentially “ignore” your hand, then you can move on.

The next step is to put your hand in the cage. Don't touch them, go near them or even move. Just rest it there for the same 5-10 minutes a few times a day and continue with the quiet, steady speech.

Your bird(s) will eventually begin to acclimate to you and slowly move up to investigating your hand. Then you can work on treat placement in the hand to see if you can then lure them to step on it to eat from it (again without moving).

And then you go from there!
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This could take weeks, or even months, of work and is entirely up to the bird. You may get lucky and have a very outgoing animal that tames in a short period of time, or you may have a more timid creature on your hand that requires a lot more from you.

Birds require far more patience with training than dogs and cats do. They all know instinctively that they are "prey items" and we are basically asking them to ignore that natural response when confronted by a larger predator (you).

You can also use their voice as a measure of their comfort.
A whistling/chirping budgie is not a scared budgie ;)
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I don't think he is 8 weeks old but I dont know. I trusted this breeder as she seems to love birds and has all sorts.

Her logic was "he is the youngest of the bunch.. came out only a few days ago but ready as he's eating and drinking independently and flying".

I told her I would be happy to buy him and leave him for another week but she said no he's ready.

I can confirm he flies very well.

If he isn't 8 weeks...is there something else I should do to help him out?

As far as taming.. he seems very comfortable with my hand in there.. enough for him to eat with my hands in the cage.. I can put my hand right next to him touching him and he will close his eyes and nap, yawn etc.. but he will not perch on my hand..he has done it once while I spoke to him slowly but generally will run off so this is something I will slowly work on.
 

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I don't think he is 8 weeks old but I dont know. I trusted this breeder as she seems to love birds and has all sorts.

Her logic was "he is the youngest of the bunch.. came out only a few days ago but ready as he's eating and drinking independently and flying".

I told her I would be happy to buy him and leave him for another week but she said no he's ready.

I can confirm he flies very well.

If he isn't 8 weeks...is there something else I should do to help him out?

As far as taming.. he seems very comfortable with my hand in there.. enough for him to eat with my hands in the cage.. I can put my hand right next to him touching him and he will close his eyes and nap, yawn etc.. but he will not perch on my hand..he has done it once while I spoke to him slowly but generally will run off so this is something I will slowly work on.
It sounds like he's likely old enough, so you should be ok.
We've seen some breeders with questionable practices that send their birds to new homes when they aren't ready. Keep an eye on him to make sure that he's eating, you don't want him to regress to needing to be fed.
If you don't actively see him eating, make sure that you see droppings in the cage.

Sounds like he was socialized a bit, so I would use the aforementioned advice and just take it slowly. Hopefully he opens up over the next couple of weeks and accepts you as his buddy :)
 

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Today I am seeing some massive bursts of energy from him ..he is climbing all over the cage, flipping himself like a forward roll and then flying off on the swings..jumping from branch to branch. I feel like he wants to go for a fly but I can't take him out obviously... I have so many large windows in my house and I am so scared he will slam into them.

I am considering trimming his wings for the training process only. Is this advisable at all or cruel?

I have done it before with my previous budgie only while he was little and. new and it worked out really nicely, no injuries. He got plenty of exercise as he was outside a lot and they grew back quickly and he was flying in no time.. thoughts on this?
 

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Please, please, please do NOT clip the budgie's wings!
It is not fair at all to the budgie. All it does is make the budgie submissive because it has no choice in the matter.
You need to take taming and bonding slowly. Bonding means allowing your bird to Choose to be with you.
Have you named the baby yet?

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