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I got a budgie to hang out with my conure. Separate cages but now I was wondering if you could help determine the gender on it. It's white and light purple with a light purple cere. I have named it Iris. Thank you for any help. Now I'm going to go read all the stuff on here about their care and such.
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Welcome to TalkBudgies!

I'm leaning towards male, but one of the other staff will be along to confirm. S/he's a cutie!

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Thank you for your response. I am reading the stickies and anything else I see posted

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Beautiful bird, looks like a boy to me also. If you line the bottom of the cage or the pull out tray with paper towels it will make it easier to clean. Make sure that you never leave your conure out with the budgie unless you are right there supervising, the conure could easily do great harm to the budgie.
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Hi there and welcome to the forums!

He looks like a male from the first few pics but in the latest pic, the cere looks suspiciously pale.. Could you possibly post a photo that is more in-focus and with natural lighting? That will help to confirm :)

Meanwhile, please be sure to read through the forums' budgie articles and "stickies" to ensure you're up to date on the best of budgie care practices! Chili sauce ocean raptor up there has provided some great links to get you started :D

We hope to see you around~ :)
Im trying but the baby is quite mobile so I'll keep trying. Thanks

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Is my bird broken. It hangs upside down and hooks it's beak and just hangs there.


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How large is the cage? Length, Width and Height?
The minimum recommended size for one budgie is 30" Long x 18" Wide x 18 High

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

Covering the bottom grate with white paper towel, white craft paper or packing paper (aka blank newsprint) is adviseable.
You will have easier clean-up and can see the droppings.

The last picture isn't really helpful for determining gender.
Try to get a couple more full-frontal close-up pictures of the cere taken in natural light. No flash and no direct sunlight.
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