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Question Baby budgie colours? Help?

Hi everyone! My two oldest baby budgies are 3 weeks old and their colour is starting to show, especially on their tails.

Nuage has a very bright medium blue, like the dad's blue, but Poppy has a blue that looks mauve!? I am pretty sure none of the parents are mauve and I don't think they are cobalt, but I think the hen is sky violet greying opaline and the cock is sky violet rec. pied.
This does not make sense!

Here is Nuage:


Here is Poppy:


Together:


Hen (sky):


Cock (guimauve):


What do you think?

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Its possible both the parents are Cobalt looking at those pics... The other chick looks Cobalt so unless the hen had access to another male they can't both be Skyblue.
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Hello, as tonic mentioned earlier, looking at your pictures, both parents are cobalt.
As of now you first chick is normal cobalt and second is normal grey.
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Even the male? he really seems lighter than cobalt, but he could be i guess. The female could be cobalt for sure.

Tonic, they are living with another male budgie, goldenface blue like in my avatar but I really don't think they are together at all.

I think the most probable would be that both parents are cobalt.
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Cock (guimauve):


What do you think?
Uh oh. I'm going to disagree with Tonic ... again ... even though I respect her greatly.

I think mother hen is sky blue violet (or sky blue grey) opaline greywing, and father bird is sky blue recessive pied (and possibly opaline). If so, the chicks cannot be darker than sky blue, although the violet or grey color-adding factor can darken the blue.
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But that one baby is very mauve, and the other one is looks like cobalt, how could violet do that? and wouldn't the hen be very grey is she has the grey gene??

I am so confused... the parents do look like sky but the babies look like cobalt and mauve.
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But that one baby is very mauve, and the other one is looks like cobalt, how could violet do that? and wouldn't the hen be very grey is she has the grey gene??

I am so confused... the parents do look like sky but the babies look like cobalt and mauve.
Well of course I could be wrong. It's happened once or twice before.

And Toni could be right. It's happened many times before.

Sky blue x cobalt will produce sky blues and cobalts.
Cobalt x cobalt will produce sky blues, cobalts and mauves.

But I do think your hen has a color-adding factor.

She is lovely, by the way ... and I want her.
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If the baby is mauve Toni is right
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I can't contribute much about mutations, but I just wanted to say that the chicks are so adorable! They look like little fluff balls
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Uh oh. I'm going to disagree with Tonic ... again ... even though I respect her greatly.


The 'Mauve' baby looks too dark to be Cobalt and I really am struggling to see Grey in the hen even with the dilution effecting things...However, time will tell and I may be wrong...

As far as the parents go, you can't be sure who the father is if there is another male with access within 2 weeks of egg laying (unless there is an obvious variety that shows up). They will sneak about behind your back and get up to mischief!
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