My budgie Freddie is about six years old. You can see a picture of how he looked in 2010 in this post.
Here's how he looks today:
I'm concerned because his cere is looking scaly. But apart from that, he seems to be in great health-- he's active, eating and talking and exploring and frolicking like he usually does. So maybe the cere change is just that he's getting older. I don't know. Can someone with more experience on this please weigh in?
Girls ceres turn scaly and brown Boy's stay solid blue.
However, there are some cases where a boy cere will turn brown like a girls, hormonal imbalances cause this problem. A lot of the time it's testicular cancer, but sometimes it's just a hormone imbalance.
But I'd say from your other thread that it's just a girl.
You have had freddie for quite awhile so what color is the cere normally ? Is this the first time you have ever seen a color change in the cere ?
It has been this way for quite some time. It was originally kind of lavender, and then gradually darkened. Which I was expecting, but I wasn't expecting the sort of crusty appearance. I just didn't think much of it until spending some time with him today and taking a good, long look.
And yes, Freddie's name is spelled with an "ie" because I was not certain at all when first getting him what his gender was. But after this long, I'm not really sure I can think of him as a girl! I don't think it matters to him/her one way or another though.
Very glad to hear that he/she isn't sick. Freddie is a very loved bird, and can tell you so him/herself! Thanks for the advice, all.
I think Freddie isn't sure what to make of this girl stuff?? I can't imagine thinking of Freddie as a girl after this long.... I have one that is almost 7 months... Oscar, who is also now a girl. I still call her Oscar all the time. ..
Freddie is a pretty girl!