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Old 04-02-2017, 11:58 AM
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My spouse has suggested I rename him Cash. My recent rescue had to take a vet trip a bit sooner then I planned for a band removal as it had at some point been compressed into a square allowing the gap to catch on toys and caging.
The good news is I apparently have a healthy little budgie even if the vet didn't correct my gender confusion. (The intake form listed her name as Sunny age 3)
The removed band was MBF TX A 441. I don't know if there is a way to get more accurate information from that then what I was given.
Jester is my presumed female albino age also not entirely clear. PetSmart employee said she had been a return from another store. She had very long nails. I have read the "When we don't want eggs" sticky but I want to make sure I am following best practices here. It was not entirely clear in the sticky what the physical changes would look like in my albino Jester
Currently Starlight is in a smaller cage for quarantine.My hope was to move the new bird into Jester's mansion of a cage and to maintain the small cage as a safe separation location as needed. However if Starlight is going to spend significant time in his own space I will want to invest in a larger cage. Should I let them share a cage normally and then remove him to another cage as needed or should I have separate cages all the time and let them meet for monitored play time? How long would a typical separation for breeding behaviors be?

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My understanding is that all females ceres go brown when they go into condition.
So even being albino, she'll still get the tan brown cere.

Someone will correct me if I'm wrong.

Until you learn Starlight's personality and what her condition periods are like, it's impossible to say what to do.
I would say that getting a second cage that's substantial enough to keep either one of them in full time would be the best way to go and you won't have to worry about anything should they not get along and have to house them alone.

Either having them always housed alone, or keeping them together and splitting as needed is workable.

From my own personal experience, I used to keep my birds in pairs, one male and a female per cage. They used to come out for play time together very often. I have since changed this to have them all live together.
Since getting budgies, I have only had to split a pair up once and it was just for one week. You can have the odd bird who will be dead set on breeding, but that's the minority and following the steps in the When we don't want eggs sticky should be enough to keep breeding at bay.

You will be the one who will have to make the judgement later on as you see your birds nature.
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Female Albino budgies will become a crusty light tan/brown during the time they are in breeding condition.

Generally, utilizing the advice in the thread on how to discourage egg laying is enough to prevent breeding with a single male/female pair.

If you do end up needing to separate the two for a period of time, and are diligently following the steps to discourage breeding as well, then the separation will probably not need to last more than a couple of weeks.
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