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Determining Gender Having trouble figuring out if your budgie is a male or female? Ask here!

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Hello! any help appreciated

I have no clue on age/gender? I *think* my original one is male (on the left) name is Wrigley. I think he's older?

The one on the right is named Fenway and seems younger...

Left one was SUPER skittish and introverted when first got, now it will come out of the cage and sit on my shoulder and eat millet from hand, etc. first time ever yesterday climbed onto my finger

Anyone with thoughts on gender/age/color pattern? Nice little birds. I've never had birds before.



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You are correct. Wrigley is a male and quite a bit older than Fenway.
Fenway is a female and looks to be around 12-14 weeks old.

As you have one of each gender, it is very important you discourage breeding.

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Welcome to the forums and the ever exciting world of budgie ownership!
You have certainly come to the right place as you will find all you need to know on budgie care here.
Since you are new to budgies, the information on the several articles and sticky threads will be extremely useful as you become more familiar with the species.
Be sure to pay extra attention to the Diet and Nutrition as well as the Taming and Bonding sections of Talk Budgies.

Your female I think is a cobalt violet yellow face type I opaline budgie.
Your male is some kind of pied, possibly a double factor dominant pied and better pictures showing the wings and rump area will be helpful in better determining the full mutation. He seems to be cinnamon too, the little patch of colour looks sky blue in my computer screen, but the darker colour on the cheek patches don't seem to match. Does the colour look more grey in person?
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Thank you! Here are 3 more pics...might help as well.

RATS! lol I was wanting 2 males...but...I think it can work out right? I don't want eggs/chicks

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The additional photos are quite helpful and now I would say that your male is a sky blue full body colour greywing single factor dominant pied budgie.

As long as you follow the recommendations previously given to you on the link (here it is again: When We Don't Want Eggs!) and more importantly you don't have any potential nesting areas available on the cage which would trigger breeding behaviour that could lead to unwanted egg laying, you shouldn't have any problems.
Still, it's always good to keep an eye on your budgies and watch out for the signs in case later on they become too enamoured and need to be housed in separate cages temporarily till their hormones are back under control.
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So...does anyone possibly think the younger one is a male? If not I may have to take it back...trade it for a male...how can I know the new one I would get it a male?
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There is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that the youngest budgie is a girl.
The cere (fleshy upper part of beak where nostrils are located) is showing the typical colours for a young immature female or a female out of breeding condition.

Young females will have mainly whitish ceres mingled with some faint light bluish colour and white circles around the nostril area. As they get older the white colour will be more prominent as once they start to get into breeding condition, the cere will progressively tan till reaching a dark brown colour.

Young males will have uniform pinkish or purplish coloured ceres and in most colour mutations, the ceres on males will mature into a royal blue colour.
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Hi there and to Talk Budgies!

You couldn't have come to a better place to learn even more about the very best of budgie care!

Your budgies are beautiful, and your little girl is very sweet. Aluz has provided you with a great link to look through to be sure that no breeding will occur!

Additionally, it isn't at all fair that you want to just "trade" in your little girl in for a boy; she deserves love as much as any other bird and makes just as good a pet as a male budgie.

I understand that you don't want any eggs/breeding, but as long as the proper steps are taken, you most likely will never have to worry about that. Many members on the forums keep a male and female pair and have never had any issues

Be sure to read through the forums to stay updated on the very best of budgie care as well as to familiarize yourself with Talk Budgies. To start, check out the Budgie Articles and "stickies", or threads "stuck" to the top of each subforum for easy reference.

Here's an article you to get you started:
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