First of all, I have a lot of experience breeding cockatiels, conures, and mynahs. I have experience successfully hand feeding chicks. My birds are fed a variety of seeds, pellets, egg food, vegetables, fruit & sprouts. I add supplements the eggfood cookies I bake for them. They have access to cuttlebones, mineral blocks, sunlight & exercise. I work from home - my workstation is 2m from their very large cage that I clean every second day. I have 4 birds, all about 1.3 years old. I have two males, and two females they all get along beautifully.
My little pied laid 7 eggs in 12 days. They are due to start hatching in the next 2 days - hence her haggard look in the picture. She is a perfect momma, and dad is doing well too. He has lost weight, but is eating well and looks pretty happy with himself. I am set up and prepared should they need help in feeding all the chicks.
Since with the previous birds I kept/bred colour mutations were not an issue, I have never ventured into the complicated world of birdy genetics. What colouration can I expect from these two? Also, what would you call my female? I know she is pied, but which specific variation?
It's great to have you here on the forums! Additionally, thank you for clarifying your experience breeding birds in your initial post It sounds like you've taken great care to ensure all your birds are very well cared for and you have lots of great experience. Be sure to take a look at the budgie breeding stickies for budgie-specific breeding advice!
Your hen is a cobalt single factor violet single factor dominant pied budgie Your male is a dark green normal budgie.
Half your chicks will be single factor dominant pied and the others will be normal, and all will be green (unless your male is split for blue). Additionally, half of them will have a violet factor.
I look forward to hearing about the chicks!
Meanwhile, be sure to look around the forums to stay updated on the best of budgie care practices! if you have any questions, be sure to ask as we'd love to help.
Cheers and best wishes!
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
So the chicks could well be all green normals, some split recessive pied. However, there is a good chance the male is split for blue, so some blue chicks are possible, and any unknown splits may throw up others also.