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Schnitzel is my brand new budgie love- I got him this afternoon and he is currently serving his month in quarantine in my bedroom. I managed to get one photo of him today, although he was terrified enough of me without me following with a camera!

 

I'd be interested to see what mutation he is and also any suggestions as to his age. The pet shop girl was, as we all would expect, basically useless but reported that Schnitzel was two months out of the nest. He is much bigger than either Chicken or Effie were when we got them but he still has a mostly purple cere- just showing a bit of blue at the top. Is his size to do with his age or his mutation?

 

He has been very still and quiet but hopefully he will start to relax tomorrow!

 

This photo shows him as being a much more aqua blue than he really is but he has wonderful blue cheeks and the same colour hidden under his wings

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Edited by KAZ

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He's real cute. :( Size isnt to do with his mutation ....it will be due to his parents and their type...maybe one or other was more show type than pet type.

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He is a cutie, he is a Skyblue Domanant Pied, and I would say around 4 months, it looks like he is starting to go through his first molt.

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He is a cutie.

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Is his wings clipped with only 2 long feather's unclipped?

If his wings are clipped like that, please clip those 2 feather's(If you do not know how to clip ask an avian vet to show you how). It is not a safe clip for budgies. Those 2 feather's can easily get damaged, could cause a feather to break and may bleed if it is a blood feather.

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I agree with Birdluv about the wingclip :yes:

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what a sweety pumpkin! congratulations

 

also, my boy was (is) a big fella....it's definitely due to the parents being 'show' budgies

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Hi guys, sorry I haven't replied to the responses in a while- I've been away.

 

Schnitzel has only one long feather on each wing, should I still get that one clipped? The pet shop did it for me but my father has had a good deal of practice and can clip for me. Thanks very much for letting me know- that's why I love this forum!

 

Schnitzel's quarantine ended about a week early, Effie managed to sneakily find him! They had already heard each other from their separate rooms in the house and had been calling to each other for a week. I was terrified that they didn't get the full month apart but thankfully they have been absolutely fine.

 

Schnitzel had to have his cage partially covered most of the time he was alone, he was absolutely terrified of my partner and I. He would scream whenever we got too close to the cage and he would jump down to the bottom of the cage whenever we got near. Now he is with Effie he is much happier. She is a great teacher and VERY slowly he is coming around to us. No screaming anymore! At least he is healthy and the two of them get along fantastically- I am very happy!

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Hi guys, sorry I haven't replied to the responses in a while- I've been away.

 

Schnitzel has only one long feather on each wing, should I still get that one clipped? The pet shop did it for me but my father has had a good deal of practice and can clip for me. Thanks very much for letting me know- that's why I love this forum!

Yes, l would clip them.

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I agree, definate clip. Clipping only one wing or leaving one or two primaries is a risk to the bird. They can hurt themselves without being able to land properly or snap the feather that's been left and loose a considerable amount of blood.

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