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Old 04-16-2017, 03:33 AM
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Question Considering mutations for hens

Hi there,

So I recently got a new English budgie. I purposefully did not buy a hen so I can buy from another breeder as to avoid line mixing.

He is a Normal Sky Blue Spangle and I am wondering what hens I should look at for beautiful colours to wow at exhibitions.

I have noticed a huge amount of greys and grey greens but I personally do not like that.

Some hens I have seen around that I can possibly consider are a DF Yellow, green series spangles, blue series spangles, dark green, cobalt.

I'm not sure which direction I want to go right now so I would love examples and outcomes that would be nice

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If you are breeding for exhibition, then you want the right type/style of bird, not the right colours. Colours do not sway the judges, often the most lovely looking combinations will lose as the mixture messes up they way they look so they no longer fit the colour standard.

If you like spangles, then I would go for a good show quality hen. They look lovely and you can get some nice show ones if you know what to look for. Otherwise I would go for a good normal, mixing other varieties with spangle can mess with the markings and lose points when showing.
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I agree with toni!

Perhaps a grey yellow face spangle hen if you're looking to get more exotic, but I agree that it's good to have a normal in there once in a while to ensure that the markings retain their standard.

Personally, I would pair him with a grey or cobalt YF or GF normal hen
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I have no clue about breeding and clearly the advice you've already received regarding mutations is the best.

I'm wondering though if you might consider breeding some for show and perhaps you could breed some for their mutations more for variety and enjoyment?
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Hi everyone and thanks for all your replies.

I have decided to go with a Spangle hen (deciding on green or blue series)and will be talking to other breeders around the country to source the perfect hen/s.

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If you are breeding for exhibition, then you want the right type/style of bird, not the right colours. Colours do not sway the judges, often the most lovely looking combinations will lose as the mixture messes up they way they look so they no longer fit the colour standard.

If you like spangles, then I would go for a good show quality hen. They look lovely and you can get some nice show ones if you know what to look for. Otherwise I would go for a good normal, mixing other varieties with spangle can mess with the markings and lose points when showing.
I understand your point but I thought it would be common sense, if I am looking to exhibit, to use the correct type, show quality hens to produce show quality bird besides colour.

That being said, there are a LOT of different hens available to me (I have sourced from top breeders in my entire country) that are the right type and I was looking to narrow it all down and have help in direction.

I have now taken the direction I want so thanks for the help.

Thanks everyone else for your input.
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I would use a yf1 grey normal or yf1 cobalt normal..You want size and conformation.These combos will also give a little wow factor.Color means nothing if the marking are wrong especially on the bench.If you have top breeders in your area then they should be able to guide you.
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