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These are Coco and Roo ( Coco on left, Roo on right) We are sure Coco is a male, but we are having a hard time with Roo. He/she has white around the nostrils, but the rest of the cere is blueish, pinkish, purple. The picture doesn't show the color as well as in person, due to lighting. We love them both so much already, we have had them for 10 days and they seem to be bonding to us quickly, but really hope that Roo is a boy, we don't feel ready to tackle birds mating as we haven't had birds before. Thank you in advance for your input


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Hi Chris and :welcome: to the forums!

Your little ones are adorable and I can certainly believe you're smitten with them already! :blush:

Coco is definitely a male, as you said. With Roo, I can see why you're confused. The shape of the cere is very much male, but the coloring, with the paleness around the nostrils, leads me to believe female. Roo is still very young, younger than Coco. I would wait another week or so and then see how the cere colour has changed, if at all. It would be great to see more photos then, as well!

Regardless of their genders, it's actually quite easy to prevent budgies from mating by making sure not to have any places in the cage which could be seen as a cozy place for making a nest - which is a good practice to follow even in a cage with all males. No coconut hut toys, nest boxes, etc. Also, frequently rearranging their cage will also generally keep them on their toes enough to not give them time to think about nesting.

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I hope to see more of Coco and Roo around the forums soon! They're precious :sky blue:

Cheers :wave:

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I agree with Star.
It appears to me that Roo is, indeed, a female.
They are both precious little budgies!

Rearranging their cage frequently and limiting the light they get to 8 hours a day will help tremendously. Please be sure you never put a nest box or anything that could be used as a nesting site in their cage.

When they come into condition, limit the amount of protein in their diet at that time. :)

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