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I know that the English budgie show have their own standards. Now I have decided to illustrate my own. So I sketched up the "perfect" bird for what I'm looking to breed. I'm also looking to breed personality into my birds. A bird that is easily tamed is a better pet. So what do you think? Would you buy a bird like this? Is this body type balanced? what are your other thoughts?

 

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Your drawing looks good but I never really understand this whole breeding budgies to look a certain way, and that there are set rules on what makes the "perfect" budgie. I think all budgies are lovely regardless off mutation or size. Thats just my opinion though :) I do think that is a very good drawing of a budgie though :)
 

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Great drawing and I am all for breeding tameness into budgies.
 

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Is it even possible to breed tameness into a budgie? Surely its all about how they're brought up and socialised, like any creature. The whole nature versus nuture thing I guess.
 

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Nice drawing but it doesnt really matter how they look. It matters if they are happy healthy and have a good personality. I dont really think there should be a "standard". :S
 

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The feet need to be put down a size.:D (SORRY)
Still dont get the standard thing though...:S

EDIT: sorry for the double post
 

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Wow what a great response! For those who don't get the standard I use to agree with you. But I want to have a goal as a breeder. I don't want to breed just to breed. I want to make sure I don't breed "bad" or unhealthy genes. I feel like the English budgie standard has a huge body and not enough length or weight and I don't want an unbalanced bird that eventually can't perch properly. But I do like the look of a larger bird. I have also found that the English birds have a better personality and are easer to tame. As for the American budgie they don't really have a standard but they seem to be less easy to tame. But on the other hand they supposedly live longer. I also want to focus on vivid color and strong pattern along with well placed cheek patches. But I want everyone to know I breed for health first and body type and color mutation comes after. Thanks for your responses everyone.
 

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Wow what a great response! For those who don't get the standard I use to agree with you. But I want to have a goal as a breeder. I don't want to breed just to breed. I want to make sure I don't breed "bad" or unhealthy genes. I feel like the English budgie standard has a huge body and not enough length or weight and I don't want an unbalanced bird that eventually can't perch properly. But I do like the look of a larger bird. I have also found that the English birds have a better personality and are easer to tame. As for the American budgie they don't really have a standard but they seem to be less easy to tame. But on the other hand they supposedly live longer. I also want to focus on vivid color and strong pattern along with well placed cheek patches. But I want everyone to know I breed for health first and body type and color mutation comes after. Thanks for your responses everyone.
I think it is a great drawing and I agree with you. Throwing any two birds together is really not the way to do it. Then you are breeding imperfections in such as wings that overlap, etc. If I remember right I thought I saw a drawing for the 'perfect' American Keet. Maybe I can do a little searching... If you are interested.
 

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I think it is a great drawing and I agree with you. Throwing any two birds together is really not the way to do it. Then you are breeding imperfections in such as wings that overlap, etc. If I remember right I thought I saw a drawing for the 'perfect' American Keet. Maybe I can do a little searching... If you are interested.
I'm sorry what do you mean by overlap? Like the tips of the flight feathers?
 

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I'm sorry what do you mean by overlap? Like the tips of the flight feathers?
Yes I think. From what I read English and American, the wings are not suppose to cross. If that makes sense. It will be very interesting to see if you can breed tameness into your birds, I will be very interested in knowing the outcome. :D BTW your drawing is much better!
 

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Tameness has been bred into many other domesticated animals through selective breeding. I'll look for a link to a study done with rats/gerbils that indicates selecting for a "tame" temperament is effective over time. It's certainly my #1 breeding goal.
 
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