One of the first things I tell people that are new to budgies is check bands when buying birds.
Knowing the importance of the information could possibly save a great deal of frustration on down the road.
First of all, bands can be ordered from The Budgerigar Association of America. They will be sent out around the 1st of November each year. November 1, 2018, those that ordered will receive their bands the bands will be for 2019 – (the year starts on or around November 1).
Band colors rotate every six years and the same schedule is used as the World Budgerigar Association. For the year 2019, the color will be black. Band colors were as follows
- 2019 Black
- 2018 Red
- 2017 Dark Blue
- 2016 Gold (orange)
- 2015 Violet (purple)
- 2014 Green
- 2013 Black
Reading the band – First, you will have a unique band code. In this case, Birds Budgies is ALB next will be the number of the bird. You can start at 1, 001 or 300 if you like it’s your choice. Last will be the year sideways as in 19 and it will also say BAA if it is a BAA ordered band. For a 2018 – ALB – 201 – 18 in red would mean Birds Budgies, bird 201 (in this case I started at 201 this year) and then last is the year.
Why am I going through this so carefully? Because as a beginner buying birds this becomes very important.
Budgies do not have long productive lives, especially hens. If you are out buying birds. pay attention. You really do not want to buy any hens that are older than two years. If the price is really good maybe a three-year-old hen, but to be safe, keep the birds young and if you can buy the ones that are just turning a year old.
Cocks will produce longer, getting a three-year-old cock can work out alright. I have gotten a few birds even older, but with every passing year the chances of them producing young diminishes.
Keep the colors in mind when buying birds, check the band and codes. Good luck with your Budgies!
April Bird-Stieglitz ©09/25/2018