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Mutations and Genetics Learn about budgie genetics and the wide variety of mutations.

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Old 07-17-2015, 02:46 PM
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I think I am learning a bit about budgie mutations eg sex linked mutations such as opaline and cinnamon, but I'm not so sure about colours.

For example, is a grey green budgie automatically split for blue or can you only tell by breeding?

Or if you breed a normal blue and a normal green, can you get yellowface blue chicks or pied chicks?

With other animals eg dogs the genes of the parents can get totally mixed, but it seems completely different with budgies.

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With dogs and other mammals you can get genes that produce various hair colours that can produce all sorts of mixtures. With budgies the genes tend to alter either body colour, or markings colour or markings pattern etc. This means you usually only get one body colour at a time rather than several mixed up.

What you get from two normals depends on what genes they have (particularly the recessive genes that aren't visible - that's where the surprises come from). Knowing which genes are recessive helps a lot, for instance all the sex-linked genes in budgies are also recessive.

All greens are dominant to blue so some Grey Greens could be split for blue but only if a parent has passed on the blue gene. They don't automatically have the blue gene as green is the wild type, the original colour, with blue being a mutation, - often breeding is the only way to tell especially if you don't know the parents and their history.

To brush up on budgie genetics you could look here: Budgie Genetics For Owners And Breeders
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