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Can you give me some info about determining its sex with vets? How much does it cost? how long does it take? Does it hurt the budgie a lot? What other things can/should i do once i go there?

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If you do a google search there are a number of companies that do mail order genetic testing. All you do is pluck a medium sized feather from the bird put it in an envelope and post it away, it costs about $25. But in all honesty budgies are very easy to sex visually and it would really be a waste of money. It is clearly a hen and as she gets older it will become even more obvious.

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i would say hen also, as it has white nostrils, blue ting and doesnt look pink at all :wub:

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There's a lot of very experienced breeders and budgie people on here as you will see with time. Budgie advice here is free and tests cost money.

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yep, I agree a hen also now, as for Kaz's comment she is entirely correct :wub:.

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The thing a lot of people elsewhere keep getting wrong is the saying I hear over and over again "other places" like petshops and some inexperienced breeders............blue cere means boy and pink means girl. That is so wrong. It applies only when the colour on the cere comes in fully at around the age of their first moult or 5-6 months of age. Then the sex of a normal budgie is evident to all. People who say blue for boys and pink for girls are not taking into account that in certain budgie mutations ceres look different and also YOUNG budgies do not have the colour of pink or blue in the same way as a budgie of say 5-6 months old. This is where sexing a budgie by the inexperienced goes wrong.

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Here is a picture of my 6 week old blue boy for you. See how the colour is even all over :D

 

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Edited by melbournebudgies

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The thing a lot of people elsewhere keep getting wrong is the saying I hear over and over again "other places" like petshops and some inexperienced breeders............blue cere means boy and pink means girl. That is so wrong. It applies only when the colour on the cere comes in fully at around the age of their first moult or 5-6 months of age. Then the sex of a normal budgie is evident to all. People who say blue for boys and pink for girls are not taking into account that in certain budgie mutations ceres look different and also YOUNG budgies do not have the colour of pink or blue in the same way as a budgie of say 5-6 months old. This is where sexing a budgie by the inexperienced goes wrong.

 

Kaz is right that blue means boy and pink means girl is incorrect, with budgies you are more likely to be correct if you think pink means BOY instead. With some mutations the cere of the male never turns blue and stays pink even into adulthood, however the cere of a female no matter what the mutation will turn brown once she begins to mature and starts churning out that estrogen. :D

 

If you look back up at Neat's pictures of the baby hen, you will see the cere is gradually changing shade from the beak upwards - darkest at the base then slowly lightening until the nostrils, where the light rings are very visible. I think this can be a tell-tale sign as well, as the cere of a male seems to remain pretty even for a longer period of time than the hen's do, although they will eventually show a slight graduated color change as well.

Edited by Rainbow

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l agree that you do have a hen.

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It is to hard to tell what sex it is when they are that young, when they are about 3-4 months old you can tell the sex male blue beak female brown. hope this helps. I have been breeding Budgies for 37 years.

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It is to hard to tell what sex it is when they are that young, when they are about 3-4 months old you can tell the sex male blue beak female brown. hope this helps. I have been breeding Budgies for 37 years.

If you have been breeding budgies for 37 yrs and have to wait till the cere is coloured to be able to tell male from female you cannot be selling or rehoming any baby budgies then. Not ones you can be sure are male or female anyway :wub:

Any breeder with experienece can tell what sex their babies are by 6 weeks of age and often sooner. I can pick mine at 2 weeks in the nest. Harder is telling by photos on here with differences in colour and relying on differences in monitors. I learn to sex my budgie babies after only 2 yrs of breeding mainly by paying attention to info from this forum.

To say male blue beak female brown is not allowing for the differences that some mutations have when sexing baby budgies either as that rule does NOT apply over all budgie types.

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It looks very female to me, especially because I had a few females that had similar colouring to that one and I thought they were boys at that age too because of the blue... but it didn't get any bluer, ever. Their ceres stayed like that apart from the times they went brown when they were in season. I tend to think that if the cere looks very pale blue, whitish blue, or blue at the bottom but more white at the top, then it's probably a hen. If it looks pink or purple when a baby then it's probably a male. The ones I have trouble with are when they're kind of pinky purple all over but kind of pale around the nostrils. But in your case it seems fairly clear to me that it's a hen. But I guess all this is fairly crude estimating based on photos of a young budgie.

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I would say a hen like the others the white nasal rings are very prominant :blush: and hens can have light blue ceres which indicates they are out of breeding condition.

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It is a Hen ...

 

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^^^^ THIS IS A COCK

 

 

 

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^^^ THIS IS A COCK

 

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THIS IS A COCK

 

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^^^^THIS IS A HEN

 

You can once you are experienced , you can noticed the difference with them before they turn Blue and Brown ..

You will notice that even though they cocks have rings they are of a different colour and the cere's are still a Purple shade not a pink shade

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Hi,

 

I think this budgie is a boy.I have a budgie he has the exact same coloured cere and he is a boy and it is 99.9% blue out of 100%. :wub:

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Hi,

 

I think this budgie is a boy.I have a budgie he has the exsact same coloured cere and he is a boy and it is 99.9% blue out of 100%. :wub:

Post a picture of your budgie clancy...because the one above is a girl :D

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Have you got another picture?

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Hi,

 

I think this budgie is a boy.I have a budgie he has the exact same coloured cere and he is a boy and it is 99.9% blue out of 100%. :)

A cere that is 99.9% out of 100 BLUE would be a boy. BUT the cere in the photos has only a hint of blue with white...sign if a young hen :P

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IThink its a boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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IThink its a boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You have already said that Clancy :)

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Would be great if you could post an updated picture :D

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yes, updated pics please. Close ups are best done on macro setting on your camera and in the daylight with no flash.

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Is this the budgie you are wanting to swap for a boy ?

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