How to know the age of a budgie


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How to know the age of a budgie

How to know the age of a budgie: You can easily determine the age of a budgie. Several telltale signs will help you know if it is a chick, a young bird, or an adult. Start by looking for light or striped feathers on budgie’s head. Then observe its beak and eyes. While it is easy to know if a budgie is in these age ranges, it is not possible to know exactly the age of an older parakeet just by looking at it. However, you can determine the age of most of these parakeets by contacting the breeder or the previous owner who sold them to you. or a pet store or simply by examining their ring,

Once you are an adult, it is difficult to identify the precise age of your Wavy Parakeet, but when it is less than a year old, it is quite possible for you to more accurately identify its age thanks to its ripples, eye, wax, spots, and beak.

Their ripples

For budgies with a mutation that does not mask the ripples, you can partly define their age thanks to them, but especially make the difference between young budgies and adults. Before their first molt, which takes place between their 4th and 6th month, the ripples are present all over the forehead to the top of the wax. After the first molt, the ripples do not are present only from the top of the forehead between the eyes.

Here is the evolution of Fifi, observe the ripples:
At 3 weeks, at 3 months, at 4 months during its molt, and at 6 months the past moult

Their eyes

In the eye of the parakeet is present an eye circle, which appears only in adulthood, which makes it possible to differentiate the young from the adults. The eye circle is a ring more or less thin white and streaked on the pupil of the eye. When the eye circle thickens, it is because the wavy parakeet is on the hormonal rise, as is the case in males. With some mutations Like albinos or Elvis, there are no eye circles in adulthood, so it cannot be an indicator of age in these cases. In juveniles, the pupil is completely black, the eye circle being absent.
For example, on Azure, a visible eye circle is one year old

Their wax

The wax of juvenile parakeets is between pale purplish-pink and pale bluish-pink. The male’s wax becomes a clearly pronounced blue over the weeks, while the female’s wax becomes white, light blue, or beige. Some mutations modify the color of the wax as we have already seen, so it will be more difficult to judge the age.

The wax at 3 weeks, whitish purplish, then at 6 months, well creamy white

Their spots and ear spots

The size of the spots varies according to age, they are smaller in juveniles and larger and a more frank black in adults. With some mutations, the spots are not visible and do not can therefore not be an indicator. The same goes for ear spots, which will be better defined and more vivid in adulthood.

Their beak

The beak of young parakeets is dark, the tip of the beak is black, then it lightens from the 5th or 6th week to be yellow-orange, specific to the Wavy Parakeet arriving at puberty.

Their legs and plumage

The condition of their paws can be an indicator of the age of the budgie. The legs of older parakeets are more easily scaled or dried. Plumage can have Some defects, some aging birds no longer train their plumage as well.
It is all these elements analyzed in common that will allow you to give age as fair as possible. Once the budgie has reached one year, it becomes more and more difficult to give her a precise age, we can only know whether she is an adult or old.

The sex of the wavy parakeet

 
Is your wavy budgie male or female?

The sex of the Wavy Parakeet is very easy to identify thanks to its wax, the flesh that surrounds the nostrils, just above the beak.

The male

In the adult male, the wax is pronounced blue when raw. The contour of the nostrils may be lighter or a slightly paler blue, so the wax may be a heterogeneous blue but it is not never pale blue. With some mutations such as Danish Magpie, the color of the wax is modified, it tends towards pink-purplish, this being due to the partial disappearance of melanin.
In juvenile males, the wax is often pink-purplish or pale bluish, and over the weeks the blue becomes more and more pronounced until the color of the wax no longer leaves possible doubt.

The Female

In the female, the wax is white, light bluish to light pink when young, then tends to creamy white to beige after its first molt, and finally becomes brown during the ascents Hormonal. Once, an adult, its wax is in light and beige tones apart from hormonal surges. Females with blue wax cannot be confused with males since Their wax is very pale and the contour of the nostrils much clearer.
In juvenile females, the wax is rather white, bluish very pale to pale pink in albino and pixie mutations.

How old is your Budgie? What is your Budgie’s age?

SOURCE:Budgie World

 

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