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Old 02-21-2014, 11:18 PM
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A common question in the Health Section of TB relates to changes in our birds' cere. Normally it is our hens that cause us the most distress as they become mature and then go in and out of condition.

Going back through some photos of my hens I have come to realise just how dramatic those changes can be, and just how much they differ from bird to bird.

The changes in the cocks cere's are less dramatic but I thought I would share some of my birds with you, and the changes they have gone through ...

These are pics of my hens from young till maturity, and for the older ones in breeding condition.

Estrella - Lutino


Nube - Grey, SF Dominant Pied


BlueBird - Sky Blue, Opaline, SF Spangle


Pearl - Grey, Opaline, SF Spangle, SF Yellowface II


YellowBird - Albino Yellowface II (aka Creamino)


SeaBreeze - Sky Blue, SF Yellowface II, Recessive Pied


Tierra - Light Green, Cinnamon Wing


These next two birds I got at the end of the breeding season and they are coming out of condition.
Nox - Normal Grey


Aurora - Normal Blue


Male or Female, we are still trying to figure it out

Daifuku - Colbalt Recessive Pied


The cocks from young to maturity.

Wasbi - Sky Blue Goldenface II


Ocean - Sky Blue Goldenface II


Plus some of my older boys ...
Grey Bird (normal grey) & Okashi (cobalt sf dom pied)




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Wow Li! What an amazing variety of examples!! This is going to be so helpful for members that are not sure if their little girls cere is normal or not!
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Thanks Lindsay. Due to some people asking about males ceres I have added some pics of my cocks too.

Daifuku is a good example of cere confusion in the recessive pied. He is around 8 months now and the last photo was taken this morning. Oh and here is my disclaimer, yes he could be a female, this wee one has confused me since the day I got him. I may just have to wait till he enters breeding condition before I can be sure
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Thanks so much for posting these. I adopted an older hen ( 5yrs old) and her cere looks like BlueBird's in the picture with all the pinnies. I was wondering if it was normal, all the rest of mine are males.
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Wow, thanks so much for posting this. I'm sure as my baby gets older I'll be wondering about cere changes too. This will definitely help.
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Thanks so much for posting these. I adopted an older hen ( 5yrs old) and her cere looks like BlueBird's in the picture with all the pinnies. I was wondering if it was normal, all the rest of mine are males.
I am glad you found it helpful The hens cere's can look terrible especially when compared to their male counterparts.

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Wow, thanks so much for posting this. I'm sure as my baby gets older I'll be wondering about cere changes too. This will definitely help.
You are welcome, hopefully I will have saved you a few panic attacks or, like me, wondering if you should be panicking
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Hi,
I posted a question about my newest arrival in the section on Health but haven't had any response so I'm guessing I posted it in the wrong place. My new budgie was in bad shape when I got Him/Her, it had sever Scale mites across it cere and down the sides of it mouth and around the left eye. I have been treating Him/Her for a week and what an amazing difference I have seen in the birds health,body movements and overall appearance as well as the mites disappearing a little more every day. The question I asked in the Health section was that if a budgie has sever mites and has had them most likely all it's life (2 plus years) could over that time period with that type of infestation strip the color from the bird cere? If the newest addition is in fact a female then her cere is the right color but if color can be strip out of the cere due to sever mite infestation then I might have a male.

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I am so glad I found this! I was worried sick something was wrong with Zoe. Her cere has turned brown, I thought she was sick although she seems otherwise healthy. Glad to know that is not the case! Thanks so much for this :-)
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This is an awesome example of the changes. You have a lot of variety within your flock (and some beautiful birds!). Hopefully this will help many new owners with learning to sex their own birds as well as give them peace of mind that there is nothing wrong with them as they start to mature.
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