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Hello,

I would be so grateful for help on determining whether budgie is a boy or girl.

We know budgie is under 6 months but your opinion as to how young would also be helpful.

Many thanks!

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Hello and welcome to the forums!!
Without a doubt, you have a beautiful male budgie. He’s a bit of an early bloomer, usually around this age they don’t have their full mature blue ceres yet. The only reason I know he is younger is because he doesn’t have his irises yet and appears to be going through his first moult!

What’s this handsome guy’s name?

Meanwhile, you’ve come to the best pace to learn about the best of budgie care practices. You can start by reading through the forums’ many budgie articles and stickies. If you have any questions afterwards, please be sure to ask as we’d love to help!!

Best wishes!

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Thank you so much!

I have added some photos today as it’s lighter but unfortunately not fully daylight as dark these days, just in case it helps.

I am new to this type of bird and wanted a male but wasn’t sure it was male as started biting the first time he came home (thought this was a female trait), quiet, cere looks purple and blue, thought maybe young to already be the mature male blue. Let me know if your opinion differs on these pics.

Cutie is called Maxi!

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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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Maxi is a cutie. He is definitely a male budgie - there is no question with regard to his gender.
Biting is normal whether a budgie is male or female if the bird feels you are invading its space. It has no other way of communicating with you.
When a budgie is first moved into a new environment, it should not be handled for at least two weeks to give it time to settle in.

Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgies learn to trust you and it takes a great deal of time and patience on your part.
You should never grab your budgies or force them to be touched.
To bond with your budgies, you need to build their trust in you.
They will have to learn over time that you will not hurt them, grab them and try to force them to allow you to hold them.

To build your birds’ trust, sit by their cage and read, talk or sing quietly to them for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After about a week, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to them so they will learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt them.

After a week of resting your hand on the outside of the cage, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.

Don’t make sudden moves, don’t try to touch them.
Let their get used to the idea that the hand is now in their safe place and not harming them.

After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your bird. If they become agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until they calm down. When they are comfortable with your hand near them, you can offer them a bit of millet or a few seeds.

Always work at your birds’ pace.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly to their whenever you interact with them.

Bonding means allowing your budgie to choose to be with you.


A Healthy Diet for your Budgie
Quality Seed Mix
CuttleBones, Mineral Blocks and Manu Clay Roses
Safe Foods for Budgies
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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
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The information in this link will give examples of better options for perches:
Essentials for a Great Cage

Please take the time to read through the Site Guidelines, the FAQs, the Budgie Articles and all of the Stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
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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