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  1. Hi there So long since I posted on here - back for some more valuable advice on mutation please. I purchased this red-eyed baby from local pet shop & would really appreciate any help you can give. There are a few cinnamon coloured tail feathers - it was so difficult to get (her) to sit still long enough to get photos. Hope these will suffice. Many thanks!
  2. Thank you so much for your help Much appreciated!!
  3. Hi there, May I have help to sex my white budgie please? Many thanks in advance!
  4. Thank you SO MUCH everyone, I'm very grateful! It's becoming quite a wee character and getting quite cheeky...definitely must be a male then lol. Now I can hunt out a suitable name for him :) Thank you again!
  5. Thank you Budgie Lov3r...The photos were taken in natural aviary light, no flash. I originally thought female, right up until this last week...Hmmm...then started to swing towards male I've been fooled with a few pieds before - sometimes only breeding season clinches it hahahaha. Even looking at them at different times of day in differing light just brings more confusion - seems I will never be confident in accurately sexing some of these cuties, even after many years. Really appreciate your opinion, thanks for taking the time
  6. Hi everyone My little pied youngster is really confusing me...the cere colours have been so changeable for many weeks. Would love some help please!
  7. Yes I've heard the feather trimming thing too - will be interesting to see what happens next season. I guess I'm a bit biased towards the little pet quality birds because they are all I've had for the last 15 years. I have found them to be pretty hardy even when we have cold snowy winters, and I admit to loving their lovely little sweet expressive faces too This big 'showgirl' has a VERY grumpy looking face hahahahaha, although is sweet natured. Thanks so much again for the great advice!
  8. Thank you for the great replies....much food for thought, I'm most grateful to you Finnie & Maz7! Yes I'm sure you're both right, that it must have been the foster hen doing a little gentle plucking...she had been very frustrated with her first round of infertile eggs, and totally loved these little ones to bits (almost literally hahahaha)! Re the infertility, the male is a lovely sky pied boy we've had for quite a few years, fathered heaps of gorgeous chicks over that time, but sadly his previous older hen died. I had some difficulty finding a new hen for him locally, so ended up purchasing one from a show breeder, and she is a very much bigger bird than my so called "pet quality" little male. I think in NZ they tend to call these big 'show quality' birds "english-type budgies". Anyhow, I'm not sure that this very large hen and my smaller little guy are really quite 'getting their act together' ....maybe their synchronicity is not quite in sync! hopefully next season they might get things sorted. I have tried to make sure the perches are all pretty stable, so can't do much more to help them along. It might be that fostering the chicks will trigger the hormones as suggested, which would be great! Maybe he just prefers gals the same size as him I will certainly be on the lookout to make sure this hen doesn't start in on the youngsters real feathers. Many thanks for your great thoughtful advice!
  9. Hi there, haven't been on for a while, but have a question I would just love the answer to. Recently had a hen with eight fertile eggs which I knew she could not manage to rear in her nestbox, so popped three eggs in with a foster hen who had been laying infertile eggs. (Foster mum was amazed how quickly she acquired live chicks!!) Both mums proceeded to feed and nurture their babies as they hatched. The original mum's chicks all grew their thick soft down feathers first, followed by their coloured body feathers...but oddly (to me anyway) the foster mum's two successfully hatched chicks grew their body feathers first, with the down feathers only coming in very slowly later on, meaning they had some cold bald patches without the underlying down. I could see no obvious evidence that foster mum had been plucking the down feathers out (no little blood spots where they might have been pecked) I'd love to hear ideas about what might have caused this, given that the eggs came out of the same nest...both sets of parents are housed in the same aviary with all the same food & nutrition supplies, given the same greens, carrot, apple, cuttlefish, vitamin nibbles etc. Is this difference in feathering likely to be nutritional? Could it be the foster hen fed "her" two chicks a different combination of everything available to her? Or do you think she may have actually plucked a few early down feathers out in her enthusiasm for having live chicks? PS. All the chicks have now left the nests and progressing well; the two foster chicks still a little slow to get their full down feathers but getting better every day. Many thanks for your time )
  10. Hi Everyone! (These pics taken with no flash - but have shown up lighter when posted on here) I thought these two budgies are male - even though they look to have white rings around nostrils, the cere is starting to look generally bluish/pinkish..but may I have confirmation please? Many thanks in advance! Also if possible, may I please have a description of mutation of both budgies please....?both violet pieds? Budgie No.1 Budgie No. 2
  11. What a gorgeous wee chick Budgerigar Boy!!!! :rolleyes:
  12. Many many thanks everyone!!!! your comments are much appreciated :)
  13. Hi there, may I please have some help with sexing three budgies that are fooling me? Ive included pics so you can see their full body markings too, so hope that helps. I did not use a flash for these pics. If anyone would like to add a description of the mutation Id be ever so grateful too thanks. Budgie No.1 Budgie No.2 Budgie No. 3 - is this a normal lutino, or classed as creamino when it is this pale?
  14. Thank you SO much everyone, Im very grateful for all your help!! :)
  15. Hi there, may I please have help to sex these youngsters? I have someone wanting a couple of females but I think the following may all be males. The little grey normal has some white around the cere but I have been fooled with one of these before that looked quite white, so have lost confidence now. Many thanks for any help you can give me! (pics 3 & 4 are the same birds)
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