Is my budgie a young one ?
One of the most frequently asked questions must be ; Is my budgie a young one?
Check if it is wearing a closed ring, if so it should have the breeders personal ring number and the year it was hatched embossed into the ring.
In the UK many rings are supplied through the Budgerigar Society.
A blue ring is 2011, Orange ring is 2010, Purple ring is 2009, 2008 was also a blue ring, Black was a 2007 ring and Red was a 2006 ring.Reading a Budgerigar Society ring is easy , take my ring number 1/S3872/11, the 1 is the first bird rung that year, S3872 is my personal ring number allocated by the Budgerigar Society in 1972, 11 is the year the chick was hatched and rung , ie 2011.
Other guides that will help confirm if it is a young bird are the eyes, the head bars and the cere.
Let us start with the head bars
A bar head budgerigar is a bird that is still in it's nest feather and shows the bars / cap feathers on the top of the head . Not all varirty's have these bars as i will explain later.
Why bar head you may ask , because at this age the bars can extend from its cere ( nostrils) and go right over the back of the head. Sometimes these bars may not reach down to the cere but in a young budgie they will come well forward of the eye.As the bird ages these bars will receed over and just behind the birds eyes.