The bird in my avatar, Tad, was my first budgie. I fell in love with her at Petland and bought her for $60 (ouch) and had her for only a year. I LOVE her color and wish I could have bred her, but she was always very sickly and died before I could pair her up. Does anyone know what color she is? A friend of mine said that she was a really rare color obtained by inbreeding and that's why she didn't live long. Is this true?
Yea looks like a recessive pied.These were well established by the mid 50's and were in most of the Pet stores and the likes of the old Zellers and Woolworths.One of the big suppliers was Hartz and they gave you a certificate.No way rare by to days standard.I have then in my bird room and the big box store here has about 50% of the ones they have for sale are these.Also they can be established from NOT inbreeding today.Originally ...probably...but no need now.This bird was likely not well from the beginning when it came from the supplier.
I have often thought the same thing myself - perhaps some colors may be associated with certain health concerns. Could recessive traits aggravate this?
I once had a Recessive pied sky blue yellowface type 2 named Sydney. Despite veterinary intervention and antibiotics, she just started wasting away once she turned a year or two - lethargic, weight loss, etc. I have no idea if this had anything to do with her color, but I did get another budgie (Penny Zu) at the same time that was related to her (normal sky blue) that is still alive and healthy today and nearly 7 years of age. They were always in the same environment with the same diet and were the same age. This may have had nothing to do with her color, but it is interesting to think about.
Budgies Zu, Keiko, Savvy, Pagosa, Krickett and Rhaine