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Old 02-08-2017, 07:59 AM
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Hello! So I have been searching on how to create the Rainbow mutation and so far it is my understanding that it takes a Y.F. type 2 blue clear-flight (or spangle) crossed with a Opaline?

My question is, is this correct? And who (male or female) needs to present these colors?

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A true rainbow budgie will not have the spangle mutation.

You can also get rainbows from a pair of greywings, they don't have to be clearwings (but that is preferable.)

If you have an opaline male, and no opaline female, you can still get rainbows, but they will all be females, since the Opaline gene will only be passed to them from the father.

If you want all of the chicks to be rainbow, them both the parents will need to have the opaline gene.

YF would also be preferable in both parents, otherwise that gene will only be passed to half of the chicks.

Both parents will either need to be clearflight or greywing, or at least split to it.

There are so many combinations that could work in your favour, but that will only result in some of the babies being rainbow. You just need to know how genes are passed from parents to the babies....which is hard to know if you're just starting off.
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Wow! Well this for sure gives me a lot to think about. I am glad their are several ways to create this mutation! Thank you for your help!
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Michelle has given good advice I'd like to add that if they are greywing, they must be full body greywing to have the proper type of colouring for a rainbow; this is different than regular greywing
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I agree that you don't want 2 greywings, you need at least one clearwing parent, and I think the clearwing rainbows are the original ones that are the most stunning. Full bodied greywings just aren't quite as nice.

Also, make sure you are thinking clearwing, not clearflight...
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Got it StarlingWing thanks for the tip! And Thank you Tonic! I am still learning all the different color mutations, it's very interesting
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