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Old 10-19-2015, 11:22 AM
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Default Any Bourkes Parakeet owners about?

This is a difficult one! LOL

I have a Bourkes parakeet - and have always thought she was a Ruby .... but tonight, she was rubbing her vent area on the edge of a feeder, almost as if she was mimicking what her neigbour, the male budgie does (the wild thing! LOL).

Now, I had a good look at her (or his??) vent - the skin is a good colour, no rash or irritation that I can see, no mites or other creepy crawlies, no pinnies.No obvious egg bum either.

I guess to know for sure, I'll have to get a DNA done - but thought maybe someone here might know if this is "common" behaviour of a (possibly) lone male Bourkes? Is Ruby really a Reuben?

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I have 2 female Bourkes and they don't do "the wild thing" (and I have a male Budgie than does), if that's any help!



Unfortunately though, my female Bourkes occasionally lay eggs. Since I have no male Bourke, they will never hatch... but I let them sit on them, as long as they want, so they don't lay more.


Then eventually, after a few weeks, they suddenly loose interest and are back to normal.
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Post up a picture of your bourke. Some mutatioms are tricky to sex
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