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New budgie baby! Not sure about gender

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Hello!

I went toy shopping for my adopted budgie and fell in love with a baby budgie I found at the pet store. Oops! :ROFLMAO:

At first I thought it was a female because of all the white around the nostrils, but I鈥榤 not sure.

Would love help identifying this baby鈥檚 gender. Thank you!! 馃檹

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I will have to fix their quarantine situation. Whoops! They are separated by bars, but they are definitely in each other鈥檚 air space. Thank you!

I will be getting my new bird a check up and getting the band around its leg removed when I go. :)
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Thank you! I love my new little bird -- what a cutie. Might end up with a whole flock if I'm not careful. :ROFLMAO: Yes, I can definitely post updated photos here in a couple of weeks. Thank you both!
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Just wanted to let everyone know that the baby is properly quarantined now. 馃挄

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I agree. Male baby budgies will have a pinkish- purple cere which will turn deep blue at maturity. It still can be difficult to be sure however. I am only referring to non-mutations however which your budgie is. I mean it's not only one color or part English budgie etc. It's a standard budgie without the green and yellow.
Thank you! I鈥檝e been reading up on budgie genetics and I believe this budgie has some violet factor, as visually she appears quite purple. It鈥檚 not as obvious in the pictures, for some reason. I鈥檓 not sure what counts as a mutation, but she鈥檚 a lovely light violet all the way down her back. :love: I was also wondering 鈥 are the light-colored bands on her head something that will darken as she ages, or will she have those light bands into adulthood?

Looks good, how does she like it? Now that I can see the bird's full body it appears the wings are clipped so she will not be able to fly for months, until the clipped feathers molt out and regrow. Be careful with that carboard tube, I know someone whose bird got stuck in one and died because the owner was not paying attention and the bird could not free itself and I am assuming died because the breathing was restricted because of the tightness of the tube around it. You can just put a slit in it across the length of it so if she crawls in it it would expand, if it is flexible.
I cut the cardboard! I didn鈥檛 even think about her getting stuck in it. Thank you!!

Yes, unfortunately her wings are clipped. :( They are quite short! Her flying is pretty weak, but she still gets around.

At first, both birds seemed much less active and less happy, which was a little sad. But they have since perked up somewhat and started singing and foraging. Blue seemed less impacted by the change than the baby, but she鈥檚 lived alone her whole life, so she鈥檚 probably fairly comfortable that way. The baby is more disturbed to be alone. She did a lot of panicked-sounding flock calling to Blue at first (Blue barely calls back). But she鈥檚 settled down and doesn鈥檛 flock call as much now. But if Blue ever does call, the baby responds five or six times in a row.

At least this will give me time to tame the baby before she joins Blue in the big cage. We鈥檙e making progress. She鈥檚 already voluntarily hopped onto my hand for some millet, which makes me happy.

Look at that little face :love:

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Yeah 鈥 I was bummed that they were clipped, but I鈥檓 glad they鈥檒l grow back eventually. There won鈥檛 be any more wing clipping for her with me 馃挄
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I think the name is going to be Darcy. I鈥檝e been torn between Adelaide and Darcy. :giggle:
Darcy it is! :love: Here she is this morning! There are still some purple/pinks in there, but it looks like it鈥檚 getting paler to me.


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Why thank you! When I took the photo, I thought, hey, I鈥檓 getting better at this! 馃ぃ

Darcy is from one of my all-time favorite books, Pride and Prejudice! 鉂 Definitely a literary name as well as a popular Australian name. It has a modern twist, since Darcy is the main male character in Pride and Prejudice and my birdie is (probably) female.

I think Adelaide is a literary name as well, although it鈥檚 not from a story I鈥檝e read. It鈥檚 an Australian city, though, and a popular girl name in Australia. There was a historical figure named Queen Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen who the city Adelaide was actually named after.

I was going for an Australian theme, although I鈥檓 tempted to stick with a literary theme now. I have lots of beloved names to choose from that way. 馃槏

Honestly, after watching Darcy fly around, I don鈥檛 think it鈥檚 safer to clip the wings at all! Blue is able to turn, aim, fly straight, etc. while Darcy struggles with all of those things, which means more bumping into walls and crash landings. It does mean I can handle her a bit more, which might be a plus for taming, but I like my animals to do the things that are natural for them, and for birds that means flying! 馃惀
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Yayyyy, I have two girls! 馃グ Fingers crossed they鈥檒l get along once they鈥檙e in the same cage. 馃馃徎
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Thank you! I will be sure to read that entire article.

I rearrange their cages all the time, so rearranging the whole cage will be fun for me. :love:
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