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New to this forum page! So I'm in the process of breeding my budgie pair for hopefully rainbow chicks!!
My male is a sky blue opaline clearwing and my hen is a sky blue yellow face type 2 opaline clearwing (referred as a rainbow)
Can anyone explain to me the genetics behind this cross? What are the chances that the chicks will be rainbows? They have 3 eggs currently! I'm really hoping to get Rainbow chicks soon!

Attached is the pair I'm breeding. Let me know what you guys think. Thank you !
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From your descriptions that would be the perfect mating to produce rainbows. However, in the pictures your hen is a light green opaline clearwing rather than skyblue yf2. From this you will get more like each parent, light green and maybe skyblue chicks, all opaline clearwings.

If you can get a blue yf2 clearwing to go with your male you will be able to breed rainbows from them.
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From your descriptions that would be the perfect mating to produce rainbows. However, in the pictures your hen is a light green opaline clearwing rather than skyblue yf2. From this you will get more like each parent, light green and maybe skyblue chicks, all opaline clearwings.

If you can get a blue yf2 clearwing to go with your male you will be able to breed rainbows from them.
Thank you for the reply! Yes I've actually gotten some help from a few people who breed rainbows in Australia that often skyblue yellow face type 2 clearwings appear to be green. So I was just wondering how the chicks would come out
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Your budgies are beautiful.

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Hello! Thanks for the nice welcome. I understand your concern. To answer your questions

1. I've owned budgies for over 10 years
2. This is my first time breeding this specific pair
3 my birds are both about 1 1/2 years old
4 yes I've kept them on the proper diet to get them ready for breeding. Gave them enough calcium food and water
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Hi Chickenwings and to the forums!

From your responses above, I take it this is not your first breeding pair. Either way, be sure to read through all the breeding stickies and articles linked above to ensure you're up to date on the very best of budgie care.

Your pair is beautiful but Toni is correct. Your hen is green and not sky blue YF II. Some can appear green, you're correct, but there would be a bluish tint visible, especially by the rump, if she actually were sky blue yellowface II.

Since she's light green, unless she's split for blue all the chicks will be green. There's a small chance she's masking YF but that's rare.

They are a gorgeous pair, but although you're close, this isn't a pair that would foreseeably produce rainbow budgies

Meanwhile, you've come to the best possible place to learn even more about budgies! Be sure to have a look at the other forum links and articles too, to ensure you're updated on everything.

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As Starling has said, you are right that skyblue yf2 can look quite green on the chest and body, but your bird is totally green with no sign of blue at all. If you take a look at the underside of her wings, you will likely see green feathers, rather than skyblue (on the wing butt, or 'elbow') which would be there if she was a yellow face blue.
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Thank you for taking the time to answer the questions and for understanding our concern.
I'm wishing you and your pair all the best in the upcoming breeding endeavor.
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Your birds are beautiful. We have some great information here in our Stickies and Articles for experienced owners and new owners alike, and lots for everyone to learn. We keep up on the latest practices, recommended by avian vets.

It will be interesting following this pair, or if you decide on a different hen for your male, to produce the rainbows!
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I just had a thought.... If you were sod that hen specifically to breed rainbows perhaps she is split for yf2? If that is the case then you could get half light green opaline clearwing and half skyblue yf2 opaline clearwings - rainbows. That would be a good outcome!
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