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Do grey budgies only have grey babies? I know of a grey cinnamon female paired with a blue normal male and all three babies were grey - 2 cinnamon and 1 normal. If these babies went on to have babies of their own, would they have grey babies too?

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Depends on if the grey is a double factor or single factor grey. Grey is a dominant gene, so if the bird even has one copy of it, grey will show visually.

Thus double factor grey's will have all single factor grey babies. (unless paired with another grey, in which case you can get more DF greys)
Single factor greys only have one copy of the gene so there would be a 50/50 chance of the offspring inheriting the grey gene.
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Depends on if the grey is a double factor or single factor grey. Grey is a dominant gene, so if the bird even has one copy of it, grey will show visually.

Thus double factor grey's will have all single factor grey babies. (unless paired with another grey, in which case you can get more DF greys)
Single factor greys only have one copy of the gene so there would be a 50/50 chance of the offspring inheriting the grey gene.
Thank you - that's interesting as these are the only grey budgies I've ever seen - given that it's dominant I thought they would be more common.

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