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

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Old 06-12-2017, 04:17 AM
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I have a new budgie, its about 5 weeks old, and I dont know its gender, and will he or she would have white mask (white forehead)
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Old 06-12-2017, 05:55 AM
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It is a skyblue normal and will have a white forehead once it moults. At this stage I would be guessing if I picked a gender though!
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It is a skyblue normal and will have a white forehead once it moults. At this stage I would be guessing if I picked a gender though!
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Old 06-12-2017, 06:06 AM
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He is very, very small. I dont know is it because of his age, or because he was hand-fed by people.

I hope he will look like this
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He's pretty young to be away from parents/hand feedings. Are you 100% sure he is weaned? Or are you taking over his hand feedings if he regresses?
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Your budgie is so tiny because he's so very young. This is not good --
Baby budgies should not be released from their parents at such a young age.

He should be with his Dad and siblings until he's 8 weeks old to be properly socialized as a budgie and to be 100% sure he is fully weaned so he doesn't regress.

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Is he eating on his own with no problem?
Make sure you give him a high quality seed mix, vegetables and egg food. Do you know how to do supplemental hand feedings of a budgie that young if necessary?

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I got it from a parrot kennel. I guess they know when a parrot can be taken. He was taken from parents very early, maybe at 10 days from hatching and he was fed by hand. I provide him with seed mix with small grains, and I see that he eats all the time, he drinks water as well...
Is it necessary to provide him handfeeding if he continues to eat by himself, I mean is that enough or does he need more, I got him two days ago...
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I got it from a parrot kennel. I guess they know when a parrot can be taken. He was taken from parents very early, maybe at 10 days from hatching and he was fed by hand. I provide him with seed mix with small grains, and I see that he eats all the time, he drinks water as well...
Is it necessary to provide him handfeeding if he continues to eat by himself, I mean is that enough or does he need more, I got him two days ago...
Unfortunately, parrot kennels are not always interested in what is best for the birds. They are more concerned about making a quick profit.

It's good that you are observing him eating on his own. Now would also be a good time to introduce him to new foods like leafy greens, and small chopped up vegetables like broccoli, carrots, peppers.. Also, egg food is a good food too.

The more foods you can get him to eat at this young age, the better. And he'll keep these good eating habits all his life.

Do you have a gram scale? You'll need to make sure that he is not losing any weight, and sometimes that is hard to tell just by looking at him. you should weight him every to make sure he is still a healthy weight. (about 34 grams for a full grown American budgie) He's likely not this weight right now since he's still young, but he'll get there!
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What you call a "parrot kennel" in your country is known as a "birdie mill" here in the United States.

The information in the link below will explain the practices of such establishments.

Why buy from a [Reputable and Ethical] Breeder rather than a Big-Box Pet Store

It will be very important you ensure your little one gets the best possible diet.

Additionally, I would recommend you start using Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother in his water.

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Old 06-13-2017, 11:14 AM
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This is a small home parrot kannel, people are nice and caring. I do not have the scale to measure, but I hope that its development will run well. I did not know about the apple vinegar, thank you all for very helpful tips.

I bought him this Welcome at Oropharma
today and add 1/3 of the measuring cup to his water.
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