Now that you have the equipment and food you’ll need, it’s time to pick that perfect pet. A healthy budgie is active and alert. Its eyes will be clear and bright. Its feathers should look clean with no bare spots. Its beak, cere (the area surrounding a budgies nostrils), and feet should look clean without any crusty or scaly material on them. Check its vent (bum), there should be no signs of diarrhea. While some diseases can be treated, you don’t want to start out with a sick bird.
Should you get a male or a female budgie? If the bird you’re buying is very young, it may be impossible to tell. Certain varieties are more common in female budgies. Generally, male budgies are friendlier, but there are lots of exceptions. Adult male budgies have a bright blue or purple cere depending on the variety, while females have a brown/tan/pink cere.
How old is the budgie? All Kinghill budgies are fitted with a leg band that has the year they were hatched printed on it. All pets are at least eight weeks old before being sold. If the budgie you are buying is not banded, check its forehead; young birds have more dark bars while older birds will have a white or yellow forehead. Remember, a budgie is full grown at four to six months, so if the bird is older than that and not banded, you really can’t tell how old it is.
Last, but not least, what colour should you choose? This is a matter of personal preference. Budgies come in many varieties and colours. A variety refers to a budgie’s markings while colour is, well, its colour. Pick a variety and colour that appeals to you and enjoy.