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Hey one of my hens laid 3 eggs out of which only one hatched and rest two were infertile... Now this one chick is growing and has this greyish colour. I was just wondering what colour mutation is it... also if anyone could tell me by looks is it a male or a female....its a three weeks old chick....m attaching the pictures of the chick and parents as well..
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It looks like a Cinnamon, the Dad is Cinnamon also. This most likely makes the chick a hen, but due to the Mothers variety we can't be sure yet.

The chick appears to have been plucked, which you will need to do something about. You need to work out which parent is doing it first though.
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What a cute little bird!
Since the father is a cinnamon, this little chick is a female cinnamon as well.

She should be completely covered with down on her rump and belly and chest by now, and it looks like one of the parents has been plucking at her. (Likely the mother, but you need to find out for sure!)
If it is the mother, please remove her from the nest into her own cage. The father will take over looking after this chick on his own, and hopefully her feathers will come in without anyone plucking them out.
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Old 03-10-2016, 03:05 PM
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What a cute little bird!
Since the father is a cinnamon, this little chick is a female cinnamon as well.
Since it is possible the mother is Cinnamon also, we can't be sure if the chick is a hen by its colour.
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What a cute little bird!
Since the father is a cinnamon, this little chick is a female cinnamon as well.

She should be completely covered with down on her rump and belly and chest by now, and it looks like one of the parents has been plucking at her. (Likely the mother, but you need to find out for sure!)
If it is the mother, please remove her from the nest into her own cage. The father will take over looking after this chick on his own, and hopefully her feathers will come in without anyone plucking them out.
I'm so surprised that is even possible..... Though father budgie rarely comes near the nest to feed the mummy... So I suppose it's probably the mummy who's doing the plucking however I cannot find any plucked feathers anywhere in the nest!!!! Is it possible that her feathers are not coming in yet due to some other reason?? And Why is that the parents would pluck out the feathers? Is it normal for parents to do this? This has really got me worried. The father hasn't fed the chick even once. It's always the mother who does it as far as I have seen. I'm afraid if I separate the mummy from the chick the father might not feed the little chick... It's her first clutch ever and I really wish the chick survives... Help plz...
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Greetings Shane.that's my name too lol.love the colors on the birds.not sure myself though on the mutation color.Welcome to the forum.thanks so much for the beautiful photos.blessings
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Congratulations beautiful chick
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Greetings Shane.that's my name too lol.love the colors on the birds.not sure myself though on the mutation color.Welcome to the forum.thanks so much for the beautiful photos.blessings
My pleasure. I have 5 budgies in total now including this chick. Will share more of the photos of my other budgies.
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Congratulations beautiful chick
Thank you so much. Just praying for it's survival...
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Look at other pictures of chicks that age, they are covered with thick fluffy down, no skin showing. It is not too uncommon to find a hen that plucks, but it can lead to serious problems, apart from the fact that it must be painful. If the skin is broken and bleeding occurs it can lead to more serious biting.

The fathers are usually very good at feeding chicks, they would naturally take over once they hen starts incubating the next clutch. You would need to keep an eye on him of course but a strong begging chick is difficult to not react to.
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