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If i ever breed my grey female budgie in the future, what color male should she breed with in order to increase the chances of getting shades of grey (slate,etc) babies ?

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To know how to breed different shades of grey you need to understand how the dark factor works & also how to produce double factors

Because grey is a colour adding factor, and not a colour in it's own right, the shade will be influenced by the colour that the grey is added to. If grey is added to a sky blue budgie it will be lighter than grey added to a cobalt or a mauve. Also a grey bird that is a double factor is usually darker than a single factor

Slate is a separate mutation so to breed a slate you would need a bird that is carrying the slate gene
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Im confused,so are you saying in oreder to increase chances of getting slate or any shade of grey i would use a double factor,say cobalt ?
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Slate is a completely different mutation than grey. You can't breed slates through greys unless they are split for it. Both birds have to be split for that mutation in order to produce slate chicks. It is VERY rare
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Im confused,so are you saying in oreder to increase chances of getting slate or any shade of grey i would use a double factor,say cobalt ?
This link explains it well:

https://www.budgerigars.co.uk/rares/slates/slates.html

It is sex linked, and quite rare, so your best bet would be to find a slate male and pair him with a skyblue female. Again, they are very rare, so not likely to be found.

Cobalts have one dark factor, not two. Mauves have two dark factors; skyblues have none.

If you paired your female with a blue male, you would get approximately half blues and half greys. The shades of blue and grey that you get would depend on the male's color and whether your female is sf or df grey, as Nev posted.
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