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I have 6 of them in a large cage. Planning to build a massive enclosure indoors to enjoy them in our living room safe from the dogs. Two are the Ino (one white and one yellow) with red eyes, two are basic or normal (blue and black white stripes / green and yellow black stripes) and two I’m not totally sure (grey and yellow stripes / white blue and grey).
I think I have 3 males, maybe but can anyone help me confirm? I don’t want baby budgies but clearly didn’t realize I couldn’t prevent it. They are in a large cage but I do have another big cage I can separate them into.
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The pictures you posted are somewhat confusing as the same birds are pictured in various of the photos but I think I've figured out which is which now.

The very vivid green budgie with the yellow head is female.
The very young blue budgie with the white head in the first picture is female.

For the pied white budgie (white with black) I'm leaning toward female.
However, another full-frontal picture taken in natural light with no flash and no direct sunlight would be helpful.
It's a bit hard to tell with the various pictures of that particular budgie .
I may need to have @StarlingWings make the final determination on that one's gender.

The extremely light green budgie with the dark blue cere is male.
The all white budgie is male.
The lutino or dark eyed clear (yellow) budgie is male.

How large is the cage in which you currently have the 6 budgies?
Please provide Length, Width and Height of the cage.


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Thank you! I can separate males and females but I think they are still very young for breeding. Nor do I plan to let them if I can help it. Hard to choose males and females when the pet shops didn’t clearly know and everything I’ve read is blue or tan, white circles .
The cage is 54” high 25” length and 21” width.
I’m trying to build a floor to almost ceiling enclosure in my great room.
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It seems to be 3 and 3, I think you are headed for trouble if you house them together, especially when they begin to get hormonal. Even if there is no mating going on there may be territorial aggression, and egg laying happening due to hormonal stimulation. Your current cage is not large enough for 6 birds. If you had 2 like in this link you could separate by gender, you may be able to find a better price if you search around Prevue Pet Products Wrought Iron Flight Bird Cage | bird Cages | PetSmart
 
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