breeding budgies question

by zahra
(Cairo, Egypt)

I have a violet male budgie of 13 months old and I lost the original female mate 3 weeks ago so I bought another one yesterday supposing it is a female the problem is that she is lutinos yellow ; that he is trying to be friend her by feeding her and rubbing her feathers but she goes a way same time she has a beautiful voice so I am not sure if she is a female cere around the nostrils or bars opening it white slightly ivory to yellow at the periphery it is very light rose

another question if you please

if they are both male are they tend to feed each other still.or what

wish you answer me

thank you

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May 31, 2012
breeding budgies question
by: Linda

You could have either one. Young Budgie hens have a Bluish Cere and once they start to mature, it begins to turn a light tan and as they approach being in very healthy breeding condition, cere will turn brown. Of course getting birds into breeding condition takes a very high quality food like Harrison's organic pellets and healthy bodies that have no infections or other physical issues.

Since you just lost the other hen, my guess is you may have infection or other contagious disease. The hen may have had a heart attack but all breeding birds have to be examined and cleared or diagnosed and treated by an Avian Vet ONLY before any breeding program is begun. Infections, internal or external parasites all will be transferred directly to babies through the eggs and babies will usually die as they are just not strong enough to fight off any infection or disease brought by parasites.

So, it sounds like your new bird could be a hen, but young males have the purple ceres until they mature to a blue cere, so I'm just not sure and only time will tell.

If you have infection, new bird as well as your male will die without diagnosis and treatment from an Avian Vet. Dog and cat vets are not licensed or trained in how to diagnose and treat birds or other exotic animals, so don't bother spending your money unless it is with an Avian Vet.

Diet has to be very healthy, and we recommend 80-85% organic pellets with 10-15% in recommended organic fruit and veggies fed in small amounts only a few times a week. No people food or other concoctions can be fed because they are either full of fat, salt and sugar or will cause an imbalance in nutrition needed for a healthy body and mind. Feed only high quality foods, and this is NOT all seed diets as they are low quality proteins and almost no vitamins and minerals.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Let us know what Avian Vet has to say and thanks for writing,


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