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I recently bought a new female budgie for my normal green Budgie Boy. She is fully yellow with very faint golden brownish markings on her back. They are regular budgie markings aside their colour and faintness. She has white cheek patches,white primary flight feathers but yellow secondary flights and wing coverts. She also has a red eye. I bought her from an aviary place with many different parrot species. The operator of the aviaries said she was a fallow but he didn't breed the budgies and the place didn't specialise in budgies by any means. From other fallows I have seen it doesn't look like the wing markings are dark enough or clear enough to be a fallow. I did some research on the internet and thought that she looked more like a lacewing than a fallow. Perhaps she is just a fallow with poor quality markings. I don't know her age except that she is mature. I also have no idea what her parents were so any of your expert opinions based on this limited information would be greatly appreciated.

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Joachim.

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It is a lacewing. Also have you a closer clearer cere photo as it could well be a male. In lacewings the cere of a male wont be blue but pink so determining sex by cere is more difficult. What age did he says it was ?

 

 

I removed your other double post where you posted this same topic in two places.......against rules.

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Agree with Kaz, Lacewing... and it looks to be a male... Just double check cere though... :P

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The guy just left me to have a look at all the budgies on display. I told the guy that I was looking for a female mate for my Budgie Boy. He just reminded me to look for one with a brown cere. I chose this one and he grabbed it and said "Nice variety this one, a fallow." He didn't argue that it wasn't a female or anything. I stupidly didn't think to ask her age.

These are the best photos I could get of her cere. The photo doesn't give a clear indication of the texture. It's sort of weet-bix textured and coloured. I'm not trying to convince myself that it's female, I would like your opinion. The texture was what lead me to believe it was female. My males blue cere is much smoother. She has been sticking her head in the nest box a little and then the male follows to sort of look at the nest box too. She has only been home 1 day.

Sorry about the double post :P

 

It looks kind of pink in the photos but as I said it is more a weet-bix colour. Also, when I look at the eye more closely it's not very red. Thankyou both for your answers.

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P.S Maybe there is something on her leg rig that could tell me if she is female? I read somewhere that sometimes the leg ring is put onthe left or right foot depending on the sex. Is there any truth in this? Does colour mean anything? it's black.

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Leg ring will have NOTHING to do with sex of budgie no matter what leg its on.

 

It must be said that a bird needs settling in time in a new home, not adding to stress levels by putting it straight down to breed with no 30 day quarantine at all the day you get it home :P Bad move.

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It's eye's look to be the plum red colour of the lacewing from the photo's... It could be female, it is starting to colour up across the front of the cere and if it is a female it should go darker brown when in breeding condition...

 

I agree with Kaz... Quarantine is very important, even just for two budgies... I would also consider removing the nesting box for the quaratine period too...

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I have a separate quarantine cage for the lacewing now. It's not half as big as the cage she will eventually share with the male but it is temporary after all. The cages were sitting next to each other and both budgies jumped up onto the side of the cages next to each other. It was really cute. ;) I suppose The cages can't remain next to each other though because that would defeat the purpose of quarantine. Is it alright to leave the nest box attatched to the cage with just the male?

You can probably tell that this is my first time attempting to breed budgies :)

 

Also, sorry to be asking so many questions but about the leg ring, it has these letters and numbers: (Some letters and numbers are placed vertically) (vertical) SA ROB (vertical) X8 083

 

Does anyone know what they mean? I live in Adelaide which probably accounts for the SA but I don't get the rest.

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I have a separate quarantine cage for the lacewing now. It's not half as big as the cage she will eventually share with the male but it is temporary after all. The cages were sitting next to each other and both budgies jumped up onto the side of the cages next to each other. It was really cute. ;) I suppose The cages can't remain next to each other though because that would defeat the purpose of quarantine. Is it alright to leave the nest box attatched to the cage with just the male?

You can probably tell that this is my first time attempting to breed budgies :)

 

Also, sorry to be asking so many questions but about the leg ring, it has these letters and numbers: (Some letters and numbers are placed vertically) (vertical) SA ROB (vertical) X8 083

 

Does anyone know what they mean? I live in Adelaide which probably accounts for the SA but I don't get the rest.

 

Quarantine is in another room, another airspace at least 5 metres away.

 

The legring means....south australian bred, hatched 2008 and the breeders code is ROB Budgie number 083

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I have a separate quarantine cage for the lacewing now. It's not half as big as the cage she will eventually share with the male but it is temporary after all. The cages were sitting next to each other and both budgies jumped up onto the side of the cages next to each other. It was really cute. ;) I suppose The cages can't remain next to each other though because that would defeat the purpose of quarantine. Is it alright to leave the nest box attatched to the cage with just the male?

You can probably tell that this is my first time attempting to breed budgies :)

 

Also, sorry to be asking so many questions but about the leg ring, it has these letters and numbers: (Some letters and numbers are placed vertically) (vertical) SA ROB (vertical) X8 083

 

Does anyone know what they mean? I live in Adelaide which probably accounts for the SA but I don't get the rest.

 

hi joachim (nice german name ;-) ,

i think X8 means, that she hatched in 2008.

 

sorry kaz - we must have answered at the same time.....but you posted it faster.

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Thankyou both :) I feel much better knowing that she is a relatively young bird.

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