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Hello, I’m new here and also relatively new to budgies. I would have liked to do an introduction but I’ll have to leave it for later.
Background on the budgie in question:
I was told she is female (I’m unsure though) and my best guess is that she is around 8-9 months old.
I began to notice that my budgies cere was changing color. It started with what I thought was brown but upon closer inspection it began to look more orange to me. At first I thought she just might be maturing so her cere turning brown and crusty was expected, but it has kept progressing to an odd color. I did a lot of research on cere colors and how they change and went through many pictures but was unable to come to a conclusion on what it could be. I’m most worried however that it could be turning a red color. It still looks orange to me but I’m started to get paranoid that it is actually reddish. So my question is am I being paranoid or is the color of her cere concerning?

P.S. I have been looking for an avian vet for my budgies but I live in a small city in Texas so it’s been difficult. Despite the fact that my city is small there are a good number of vets nearby but they primarily specialize in farm animals and cats and dogs. Also as far as I know there are very few avian owners in my city. I did consider taking them to one of the many vets around my area even though they don’t specialize in birds, but once again I got paranoid when I saw bad reviews on them. I guess if worse comes to worse I’ll look in bigger nearby cities the only problem is that they are quite far.

First Picture her cere color was originally white and maybe a very very pale blue
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You do not have to be concerned, this female is maturing and the cere will become darker until it becomes brown indicating that she is in breeding condition.
 

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You do not have to be concerned, this female is maturing and the cere will become darker until it becomes brown indicating that she is in breeding condition.
Thank you!! I nearly sent myself into a tailspin worrying about her.
 

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Your little girl is quite pretty!

Are both of your budgies female?

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The purpose of this forum is to promote the BEST PRACTICES in the care of budgies for their optimal Health and Well-Being
Locating an Avian Veterinarian

Your little girl is quite pretty!

Are both of your budgies female?

If not, then you need to ensure you do everything necessary to prevent breeding.

A heartfelt plea to forum members new and old
Tips For Discouraging Breeding
Before You Ever Consider Breeding Your Budgies
Guidance for Breeding Advice Threads

A Healthy Diet for your Budgie
Quality Seed Mix
CuttleBones, Mineral Blocks and Manu Clay Roses
Safe Foods for Budgies
The Truth about GRIT

Please take the time to read through the Site Guidelines, the FAQs, the Budgie Articles and all of the Stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
Truly, the very BEST advice anyone can offer you is to take the time to read ALL of the stickies throughout the various Talk Budgie forums as well as the Budgie Articles we have posted.
(Stickies are threads “stuck” at the top of each forum sub-section)

These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgies for their optimal health and well-being.


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No i actually have 3 budgies, 2 of which are female and 1 male. I have been looking into getting a new cage to give them more space but also because I definitely DONT want them breeding. I will make sure to look through all the resources you listed, thank you!
 

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Hello and welcome to the forums!

FaeryBee has given great advice and I agree completely.

Meanwhile, you’ve come to a great place to learn even more about the best of budgie care practices! Please be sure to have a look around the forums’ many budgie articles and “stickies” to ensure you’re up to date on everything! If you have questions after doing so, please be sure to ask as we’d love to help.

Please keep us posted!

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