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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-03-2005, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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how to age a budgie...

hi, id like to know about how old my parakeet is. hes from the shelter so i cant find out. i know you can tell by the stripes on their head but i dont know how fast they go away or anything.



as you can see he still has a lot of stripes. please help or just give me a date to make me feel better!!!!
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-03-2005, 07:29 PM
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Very young budgies have bars that go all the way down to the cere. They do lose those when they get older, and your bird doesn't have them... but that's all I know about aging budgies.

I know that a good vet can usually give a good estimate, but I don't know how they tell.
 
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-03-2005, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
 
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i did ask my vet about it on the day i got him ( went for a chekup and wings clipped) but she said it was hard to tell. of course shes not a bird EXPERT so i was hoping someone would be able to tell. thanx for your help
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-03-2005, 08:40 PM
 
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Also, baby and young birds don't have color around their pupil, their eyes are just black. As they get older, the color around the pupil comes in. Also, Soda has the same exact pattern of stripes and he's almost a year old.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-04-2005, 10:41 PM
 
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The stripes on their head usually recede around 6 months. They won't all disappear though, the ones on your budgie are normal. Nat is right about the eyes too, but I don't remember at what age that happens.

He is a beautiful budgie, looks like one of mine.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-04-2005, 10:54 PM
 
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Here's a link that has good pics to help you determine the age.

http://www.geocities.com/budgie-place/p_age.html

I was wrong, they lose their stripes around 4 months or so.

Hope this helps.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-07-2005, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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thanx, that color banding thing would have helped, but hes not banded!!! apperently his previouse owners didnt have the slightest clue on how to care for a bird!!
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-09-2005, 04:47 AM
 
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Typical awkward budgies

You can tell if they are under four months and when they are enterning old age but between those points it's anyone's guess.
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