Budgie genetics are by and far the most fascinating thing about budgie keeping to me. I love their personalities and the feeling of finally having a budgie trust you, but my favorite part really has to be genetics. Because of this, I'm trying to learn as much as humanly possible (I do still know quite a bit from several years ago when I was learning then), but of course I'm no expert. This pair will not be attempted to be bred for several months, because 1) They're too young. Probably only around 3 months, and 2) I'll be moving into a house where I can support the noise of lots more birds soon!
Opal, my female, is a sky blue, cinnamon, opaline.
Casper, my male, is an albino.
I purchased them from a pet store that breeds some and also gets some from a distributor (I know the distributor, it's the same one the store I work at gets animals from), and I made sure that I got both that had been bred by them, and made sure they are not related. They didn't know too much about genetics and din't have pictures of the parents unfortunately, so I don't know their genetic background, but I would like to speculate for if one is split for something, etc as a learning experience. Both, unfortunately, have pretty severe clips, but Opal can get around better than Casper.
Anyways, here are my predictions:
Ino: 100% Female Ino, 100% Male/ino
Opaline: 100% Female Normal, 100% Male/opaline
Cinnamon: 100% Female Normal, 100% Male/cinnamon
White/yellow series: 100% White series
This is all based off the punnet squares I drew up, but I'm wondering if I made an error. Is it possible for Opal to pass her Cinnamon or Opaline trait to a female chick, or would Casper need to be split to Cinnamon or Opaline for that to happen? I'm operating on the assumption that Casper does not carry any dark factors, as I can't see anything since he's an albino. Opal carries none.
And one random question: Are creaminos rare? I think they're exceptionally cute and plan to try and breed for them in the future, but wondered if they were uncommon at all. I enjoy breeding for uncommon or unusual mutations as it presents a challenge. I have to try and produce one of this very specific color variety without inbreeding and while producing the healthiest chick possible! It's like a puzzle and I love it. I'm currently going for lacewings with this pair and for potential 2nd gen breeding from this pair.
(I'm not in it for the money, just as a forward. I practice ethical and safe breeding practices and would never put the health of my birds at risk just to produce rare chicks. It's strictly a hobby/puzzle thing for me in that regard.)