If you've seen my breeding journals, then you know that Ruby and Starlette have hatched three chicks (who are now being fostered by Bandit)
From the last time these two were bred, we determined that Ruby was split for Recessive pied, and that Starlette has at least one Grey factor.
Ruby - INO, Rec. Pied
Starlette - Grey, Recessive Pied, Fallow
Here are the two chicks from their last clutch.
Pretty straight forward so far, right? Right. But, as we all know, budgie genetics are always surprising! So here is the surprise from this clutch that I'm still trying to wrap my head around.
Chick #1 looks the same as the first clutch, so no surprise there.
Chick #2 (and possibly chick #3) has blue feathers ! SURPRISE! Also, his yellow feathers are not quite as bright yellow as all the others.
Here is chick #1
And for comparison, here is chick #2
And here are both chicks together, so you can see the slight difference between the yellow intensity.
So, I would now also assume that Ruby is also split for blue....??? Could she also be Goldenface? Yellowface?
It does look like all three chicks are Grey, as they all have black main tail feathers.
What do you all think?