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

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Old 11-30-2016, 12:45 AM
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These 5 now have all their feathers! It looks like I have 4 cobalt blue chicks and one mauve, all with either the yellowface or goldenface gene. My question is: how do I tell which is which?

I think 1&2 are yellowface and 3, 4 & 5 are goldenface, but I don't know if the 1st and 2nds colors are more muted because they are older?

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Chick 5 is hiding, but 4&5 are twins.

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Old 11-30-2016, 02:50 AM
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Your chicks are beautiful!
I don't know if it's the lighting from the pics, but your cobalt chicks also seem to be violet factored.
You can distinguish yellow face from golden face by seeing how intense and rich the yellow colour is. Golden face has the stronger and richer yellow.
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Gorgeous!!! I love their pretty yellow faces!
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What lovely chicks!
I have some golden face and yellow face budgies and when compared, it's easy to see the difference.
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If both golden face and yellow face is involved it is really just guesswork what each bird is. Some will be gf some will be yf but some will be both, and there is really no accurate way to identify that by looking. So, go with the strongest yellow being gf and the others yf and accept that you are guessing and likely wrong in some of them....

What body colour were the parents again? One of the chicks looks to be grey...
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Such cute and sweet little babies!!

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If both golden face and yellow face is involved it is really just guesswork what each bird is. Some will be gf some will be yf but some will be both, and there is really no accurate way to identify that by looking. So, go with the strongest yellow being gf and the others yf and accept that you are guessing and likely wrong in some of them....

What body colour were the parents again? One of the chicks looks to be grey...

This is a little confusing to me. We decided Dad was mauve, but this chick looks more like a grey? All the other babies have blue cheek patches, but hers are silver grey.




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Also, I find it interesting that 4 of the chicks are mum's cobalt blue, with 3 of them also carrying her goldenface. Dad has the one chick carrying his color, and 2 with his yellowface. I thought the expectation was that they are usually split down the middle for genetic contributions, but mum definitely has dominant genes :joy: or do you think it's possible the dad was carrying a cobalt blue gene too? I'm still new to the genetics!
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Oh, those are some cute baby budgies!!!
Thanks for sharing.
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Oh they are just so cute!!!
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