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Are the rumors about female budgies true?

So I have a female budgie and every single time I take her to get her wings clipped or am around other bird people, they always make a comment about how sweet, nice, or tame she is "for a girl". I have had about four or five people say this to me on separate ocassions. Most recently a person said, "she is really good for a girl, especially an albino girl." Is it true all the implied negative things behind these statements? Generally females aren't as sweet, nice, or tame as male budgies? And are albino girls generally even worse than other colored girls? If it isn't, it makes me sad because that means many people are likely steered away from getting a girl budgie. Thinking of all the little princess Cozette's out there and someone bypassing them just because they are a girl.....I am glad I didn't listen to them. Cozette is virtually a perfect bird. I would have really missed out.

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I've had both female and male budgies over the years, and I do not agree with anything being negative about females. The only problem I had one time was a person giving me two female budgies, who I believe were breeder budgies. They did not get along with each other in a cage, and were quite aggressive towards each other. I put them both in separate cages, which took care of the aggression. I then found a person who had a big budgie aviary to take them and let them fly free there. I was not told they were breeders, but it was apparent they were older budgies.

I think Albino budgies are gorgeous. I have seen yellow and white ones. If one is to get a baby budgie, often times it is difficult to be sure of the sex of the bird early on anyway. As for me, I love all birds, and would be lost without my little budgie making his usual chirps and cheeps, playing with his mirror girlfriends, and throwing his seed out of the cage onto the floor.
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I think it's mostly a personal opinion. I've known aggressive males and I've known aggressive females. I do hate how all female budgies are labelled as bad though My only comment between the different sexes are that females have a bite twice as bad as a male! Being as my birds are aviary birds I do have to man handle them every now and then and as you're getting them into the restraint position you do end up getting bit. And they're pretty sharp bites! They've got blood out of me anyway haha

I think the albino thing is definitely somebody having no clue My albinos have been absolutely lovely

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All the females I've dealt with were "meaner" but my male is more of a bully, just pushes the others around. The females would bite, fight, and attack the other birds though. So, yeah I think there is merit in it. There are obviously sweet females, mine USED to be sweet, but after puberty, not so much anymore. She's tame but not affectionate, and she bites.


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I've never noticed them been meaner than the males but I don't handle my budgies unless there is medical reason for it.
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I have a small flock of Budgies with three Budgie girls. All three of my Budgie girls are the most friendly, calm, and tame of the bunch. So, I would say that this generalization is probably not true.

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I think hens are more agressive/assertive in the flock, not necessarily with people. Hens are the protectors of the nest/babies and can be vicious with each other if defending a nesting site. To the point that they can kill each other. They also will destroy other hens nests and eggs, killing any chicks they can find, this is not meanness, rather an survival instinct. Hens can and will attack/kill their own chicks that are still in the nest when they decide to have another go at breeding. So in a way yes the rumours are true... but as a pet that makes no difference.
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I think hens are more agressive/assertive in the flock, not necessarily with people. Hens are the protectors of the nest/babies and can be vicious with each other if defending a nesting site. To the point that they can kill each other. They also will destroy other hens nests and eggs, killing any chicks they can find, this is not meanness, rather an survival instinct. Hens can and will attack/kill their own chicks that are still in the nest when they decide to have another go at breeding. So in a way yes the rumours are true... but as a pet that makes no difference.
That makes sense because most of these people are used to experiencing budgies in a non-tame manner...so it would make sense for them to have these views then.
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After yeaaaaaaaaaars of owning budgies I found that there is no difference personality wise between males and females at all. Infact, I found my female budgies to be incredibly snuggly little birds who love people.

Then again most people who do not see the difference between males and females are dealing with domesticated animals who are not pressured by aspects of wild living to resort to particular survival instincts.
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In my experience (proud owner of two hens), female budgies can sometimes be more assertive. Personally, I don't see this as a bad thing. It makes them unafraid, more attentive, and pushes you to be a better bird owner. Both my girls were horrid for the year they took to sexually mature, biting me/each other and acting much more temperamental than usual. But now they have settled into two feisty, lovable little buggers who pick up tricks and learn new sounds both in a matter of minutes. I love them to death and it drives me absolutely crazy when I see over on the budgie forum, someone finding out their budgie's a girl and going "oh darn, I was hoping for a boy." Budgie sexism!!
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I can't add much as all of the above is true :P but more of my hens are bossy, bitey and chewy than the males, but I have had awkward males and lovely females too from the tame ones (most of my flock isn't tame, that may be the difference). The last chick I homed went to someone who wanted a cuddly boy, out of the clutch I had one boy who was skittish, one tame female, and one very cuddly playful female, the youngest, and it was the youngest who went to this home, with agreement from the new owner based on my observations of the chick, the new owner is over the moon with her baby who she named baby Belle, Belle loves to ride around on her owners shoulders, preen her hair, spend every spare minute she can out of her cage with her new owner etc, never bites either. Her sister turned into a right little madam! and the brother is slowly gaining trust with humans and calming down. Funnily enough my albino hen is one of my calmer hens. The most troublesome of my flock is a hen called Misty, shes a pest, but I love her :P

To sum up, I think hens can be pesky in slightly more cases than males, in my flock anyway, but I've had pesky males and lovely cuddly females, so it's certainly not a set thing

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i was worried about getting a female because i didn't know if they were as good as males. i always read about how they are harder to train, meaner, etc, etc. i did end up adopting one and she is… interesting she wasn't too hard to perch tame, but i will admit that she is the meanest of the flock and will go after the weaker ones (she has overwhelmed bowie and she likes pecking at butch a lot). sometimes she is just weird and makes me laugh. other times she is destroying anythings she can (i.e.- chewing on my window while hiding behind the curtain, or just chewing on my curtain). i think one hen is enough in my flock!

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My female is the best bird ever! It is too bad others have had bad experiences.

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