I just got this amazing male budgie, he is by far my favorite. Can anyone tell me what type of mutation he is and what would be the best hen to breed with him to make RAINBOW budgies? I hope I've added the photos right?
He is very lovely! He looks like a skyblue golden face spangle. A rainbow is a blue yellow face or golden face opaline clearwing. To get an actual rainbow you would need to add opaline and clearwing to the mix, which would take at least two generations. You would need an opaline clearwing hen.
Some people are happy with a bird that looks similar to a rainbow, which is a blue yf or gf opaline spangle. To get one of those you only need to add opaline, which would likely take two generations anyway. You would need a blue opaline hen as a first pair and the offspring would look very like rainbows without actually being one.
How long have you owned budgies?
Do you have prior experience in breeding them?
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