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Hi,

My son just brought home a budgie, who is 34 days old now. Is this extremely young? He was parent raised. I am wondering if we need to feed anything special or take any particular steps like weighing him regularly?

Is there an online website with reliable information? We have a lot of books but most of them are extremely old and I'm finding outdated information.

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Hello, Welcome,

Did they tell your son what this bird was eating? You will want to replicate that at home. Watch out for signs of not eating - no seed hulls or pecked at veggies, as well as weight loss.

Is there an online website with reliable information?
What sort of information are you looking for?
There´s plenty to read here. Members experiences and links to all sorts of articles.

You may want to also consider allowing his wings to grow in the future.
 

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Hi

He's eating Higgins seed mix, millet spray and herb salad. I was just concerned because from what I'm reading it seems like people usually send them home at 7-8 weeks, not 4 weeks. Will he be okay?

I also feel like he's not drinking, but then I read that he might only be drinking when no one is around.

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Oh my that is a baby still. A scale is a good thing and birds are weighed in grams. Some kitchen scales weigh in grams. You can offer a small, shallow dish with a few chopped veggies like broccoli, kale, shredded carrot. When he is older you can add other veggies. Young budgies are often a little clumsy at first in a cage so you may want to keep perches low in the beginning. You may not see the bird drinking water. You can hang wet kale in the cage bars and he will get moisture from that. Or you can float some greens in a shallow dish of water on cage floor.

It is necessary to bird proof your room the bird is in so no fly accidents occur. Make sure to cover all reflective surfaces, especially windows. He is not an experienced flyer. Are his flight feather cut? Breeders often do that. Keep toilet seat down, be careful when opening outside doors as birds can fly right outdoors. Also be careful about the toys you buy for him. Many are not safe sold in a pet store. We have venders here on AA that sell bird safe toys like @Mizzely. Make sure the bird room is warm warm because he is so young.
 

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Good to look through this thread from beginning to end.

 

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Yes that is quite young. But if he/she is eating and starting to explore the cage then that's good. They will find the water and yes it is common for them to not eat/drink around you at first. A scale could come in handy if only to keep you from worrying. You have a beautiful little budgie. Please consider allowing those wings to grow out. Welcome to the Avenue :welcomesign:
 

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I'd really like to see a natural unaltered photo of him - in that photo he looks female and his colouring looks totally fake.
Flights take 6-8 weeks to grow and start growing around 2 weeks, so I'd expect them to be barely visible. His tail is short too, kinda confirming his age.
 

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I'd really like to see a natural unaltered photo of him - in that photo he looks female and his colouring looks totally fake.
Flights take 6-8 weeks to grow and start growing around 2 weeks, so I'd expect them to be barely visible. His tail is short too, kinda confirming his age.
haha - my son took the picture using the “yellow” setting so it makes any other colors turn black and white.
Here is a not great pic of him with my husband.
Based on the cere do you think it’s a girl?
 

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Really cute. Is his cere blue or lavender? Hard to tell in the photo. Natural window is best for photo.
 

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haha - my son took the picture using the “yellow” setting so it makes any other colors turn black and white.
Here is a not great pic of him with my husband.
Based on the cere do you think it’s a girl?
Will need a close up front facing photo (no filters please, lol) taken in natural light.
 

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Your budgie is beautiful. What is his name.
 
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