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Hi! I just got this parakeet yesterday, they told me they do not know the gender of the birds, I was wondering if you could tell me what you think the gender is. He was very calm when we first brought him home and he sits on my finger just fine. Thank you!
 

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Can you take a clearer picture in natural light? This one is a little too dark and blurry to tell the gender. And try to get a clear shot of the cere
 

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It's hard to say for sure on gender since I can't really make out the color of his/her cere properly because of how blurry the pictures are but if I were to take a guess from what I CAN see I would say he is a young male. But I could be wrong since I can't see the full color. Can you try to use a different phone to get a better picture so I can get a better look? I don't want to give you the wrong information
 

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That sounds great! I'll keep an eye on your post for any updates so I can comment back asap! And also is this your only budgie? If so how much time will you have to spend with him/her each day? Single budgies need a lot of your time since you will be their "Flock" so to speak and a single budgie left alone for a long period of time with little time spent with you will not be a very happy budgie. If you can't spend much time with your budgie I would suggest getting another so they can keep each other company while you are not home and if you do make sure to read all the stickies especially the one about when you don't want eggs
 

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Hi! :welcome: to Talk Budgies

Your new budgie is a handsome little male.
Have you named him yet?

I would not recommend going out and getting another budgie right away.
It is best (especially for a first time budgie owner) to get to know their budgie and spend a minimum of 6 months taming and bonding with it before considering getting another bird.
Many budgies are quite happy as solo birds and a single budgie is much easier to tame and bond with.

There are many things to take into consideration before getting a second budgie.

http://www.talkbudgies.com/other-pets/50806-do-you-really-want-another-pet.html

If you decide to get another budgie in the future, please be sure to observe quarantine for the new budgie.

Quarantine means housing the new bird in a different cage in a different room than the current bird (as far away from the room the current bird is in as possible) for a period of 35-45 days.

Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill. Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks.
Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.

It is also a good idea to always take a new budgie in to see an Avian Vet for a "well-birdie" check-up. This allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet and the vet can establish a baseline for your bird in case of any future illnesses or injuries.

Distinction between an Avian Vet and a Vet that "Will See Birds"

2. Introducing the new bird to the current bird

Introducing two birds

3. Flock Dynamics

Flock Dynamics

4. Where do you plan to get the new bird?

Why buy from an reputable breeder rather than a big box pet store

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Do you have the time, finances, etc to devote to another bird?

Are you ready, willing and able to house the new budgie separately on a permanent basis if it does not get along with your current bird after quarantine?

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Generally, it is best to wait a full two weeks before trying to handle a new bird. Budgies are usually very submissive initially because they are terrified.

Don't be surprised if your budgie suddenly starts being less willing to sit on your finger after he's had time to adjust to his new environment.

Taming and Bonding with a budgie is all about helping the budgie learn to trust you. You need to go at your budgie's pace. You should not grab your budgie nor force him to be held. Did you get him directly from a breeder or from a pet store?

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Hi there and :welcome: to the forums!

Charlie is a beautiful little boy :)

You've been given great advice. It's important to be fully sure that you're able to commit to a second budgie. In fact, it may be best to put off getting a second budgie for now, as stated above. Some budgies are perfectly happy as solo budgies (provided they get enough attention from the human "flock"). FaeryBee has given great resources to help you begin to bond with him and learn even more about budgies!

If you have any questions after reading through anything, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help!

Hope to see you and Charlie around the forums. :violet:

Cheers! :wave:
 

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Best advice already given. I wanted to say welcome, your little Charlie is adorable :).
 

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Aww! Your budgie is so cute! I unfortunately cannot tell the gender of your bird, the camera and lighting is too dark and blurry. But can I ask you why you started taking your bird out the day/or the day after you brought him home? He needs at least a week to acclimate, even if he is handtame. Also, I don't think you should get a second budgie quite yet. You should wait until you are comfortable with your bird and ready to properly take care of two birds at the same time, and supply them with good caging and supplies.
 

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The white around the nares seem to indicate female, but I'm no expert and because the lighting is coming from behind the bird it's still hard to see.

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Upon reading the above replies I'd trust Starlingwings' opinion on the gender, she's an expert :)
 
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