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Hey :)

I adopted this budgie about a year ago and renamed him Sebastian. The woman that I got him from basically bought him and never handled him so he became pretty wild because he was left in a back room. I got him when he was around 8 months old and have worked with him since, trying to gain trust, etc. I would get it, then lose it, get it, then lose it so finally I decided to just try allowing him out of his cage and then work from there. I also upgraded him from a large cage to a really large flight cage. So far progress has been very good. He now trusts sitting on my hand but we're working on the biting and screaming (not talking, screaming) habit. But then in the past few months "he" has been getting this brown crust on his cere. I remembered reading somewhere that females get that when they go into breeding mode. So I was wondering if you could help me determine whether Sebastian is female or male. I would wish it was a male, but certainly wouldn't get rid of him just because he wasn't the sex I didn't want. I also wanted know since I would like to eventually get a friend for him and I figure it would be easier knowing the sex. I was just going to wait and see if he produced an egg like my once upon a time "Peter" did :p I have a bunch of pics and if need different views just let me know, some I took before I let him out, then just now so you can see his coloring better. I would also like to know what kind he is just so that I know. I like having as much info on my pets as is possible.

Oh! And I've noticed that he's developed dark toenails lately. That's just coloring right? Nothing wrong there?

Thanks for the help!
 

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acudogmama, stacey101 Thank you so much for the reply. Really? Darnnit! hehe I figured that. I actually found it funny when my mom brought him ...er ... her home. The woman that posted the ad said "boy" and "rare" color so I'm wondering if she actually gave us her female instead. My mom had told me there was a rare colored bird in another room so now that makes me wonder. [laughing] It's funny since I was once given a normal green before that was supposed to be male "Peter" but then she had eggs and ended up being female. I was SO hoping that I actually got a boy this time round. This was the first time Sebastian showed anything other than male. I read up on all the typical actions the males do and Sebastian does them all :p Oh well :rolleyes: I guess I've got another girl. That would make my count at over 5 female animals I own--I would've liked a boy finally though. hehe Too much estrogen in the house :p

And thank you very much. I'm sure Sebastian would love to hear that as usual. LOVES hearing she's pretty :D Even if we've been saying "Pretty boy!" ;)
 

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Yes she is a pretty little girl!!! I don't know why people only want male budgies. i have only had female budgies and they are great. I have my female budgie Aruba and she is the sweetest little budgie I have ever met!!! Sorry i just don't understand why people only want males.
 

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she´s so cute!!

I love both males and females.. I actually tend more for females.. but they are way more scarce.. in a certain pet shop you can see like 1 female for every 15 males.. not sure why??
 

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cute hen :)...

and males are more popular because they are usualy easier to train and have a higher chance to learn how to talk... ofcourse it all comes down to each individual bird but generally that is the idea that is out there... plus males tend to be more friendly with each other... no breeding condition to get in the way of a happy flock :)... so less bickering..

but i have read alot of nice things about an all girl flock here and there... so as mentioned earlier it just comes down to the bird...

Kim.. do let us know how the training goes yeah.. ;)
 

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Her toenails look fine to me. :D
Great. Thank you for the reply :) I wasn't sure, since they sort of just changed and I didn't remember my others from when I was younger having dark toenails so I wanted make sure :)
 

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Thank you to everyone for the replies :) And thank you for the compliments, she is quite the little beauty :cool:

Nothing against females personally. I just have a house full of them and I was really looking forward to having a little boy. So far I have a female PekaPomPoo dog that is 6, a female Aussie that is 7, a female Persian mix cat that is 13 and my fish that passed not too long ago (she was close to 8) was also female. The new kitten we just bought my brother is female too. Just a little too many females in this house :p Just really adore little boys in general and that's why I got her in the beginning. Although since she hasn't really been handled, she is pretty mean. She has her sweet moments, but she has a bad biting problem so some days are better than others and we're patiently working on that :p So no offense to anyone that has a flock of females, or prefer female over male--I think personally either sex is easy to train and are quite affectionate for any animals--it's just my personal preference :) Also since the parakeet's I had as a kid were female and I got her because I thought she was a boy to own a boy parakeet and see how different it would be from the ones I had as a kid and yes, I fully admit that I also enjoyed the thought of being able to teach her to talk.

Although, I have to tell you, she does say some things. They aren't as clear until she fully has her little self-confidence up about making them sound right, but she can kind of say 'hello' as well as LOVES to mimic the sound of my phone's text message sound so well that I would have to grab my phone and look! :D Little goober. I finally had to change the tone so I'd stop running to my phone while she probably laughed to herself. And yes she has learned how to growl like the dogs and laugh too. She seems to know just when she's supposed to laugh though. So she is quite the little mimicer. The other day she was able to say grandma right after I did and I'm trying to teach her to cat call. She does, but it's pretty quiet until she has it perfect so I don't care what books say about females not being able to talk as well as males. Those aren't my females ;) Course I don't put everything into what the books say anyway or else none of my pets would get along. Cats, fish, dog, bird and once chicken? All ran together at one time or another so eh. But thank you all for the help. I'm still quite happy with her, but now I know for sure she is a female, that explains a LOT of things that she does. And I will most definitely let you know how the training is going. I don't try and push, we work on her timeline so it's definitely taking some time, but she's not going anywhere so she can take as long as she wants. You can see a vid of her on Youtube under 'katkisa.' Course, you can hear me calling her, "him." :p
 
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