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Caden's Aviary 07-11-2010 10:07 PM

Please Help Me Choose A Mate

Just got permission from the girlfriend to find one of my budgies a mate. She's the odd girl out right now and has been stirring up trouble. I like the colorful birds with like the mixed blue and greens or the rainbows (anything different and colorful). I realize getting birds like that will take more than one breeding, but I'd like to get on the right track. I'll likely be buying from a pet store so I won't know what the bird is split for. As far as visible traits, what should I look for? I'm interested in the greywings or cinnamons so I'll be looking for that. I also like the double factor dominant pieds. I just don't want to go buy a blue bird to breed more blue birds, no what I mean. I want to work toward something. What types of color patterns need a good cobalt to develop? Even if I just breed to a green in order to get a needed split, that is something. Just don't want to stick two birds together in order to get babies, I want to strive for something. Hope this makes sense to somebody and they can help.

Thanks in advance.

teasha 07-11-2010 10:14 PM

You could breed her to a green, but if it's not split for blue you will get ALL green. The other questions I cannot answer.

Caden's Aviary 07-11-2010 10:42 PM

Yea, I wouldn't be opposed to breeding her to a green in order to get some birds I know are split for blue. Any color patterns that need a split for cobalt blue? What factor green would be the best to mix with the cobalt?

Thanks for the input Teasha, it definitely furthered my thinking a bit. Hopefully, you or someone else can answer these questions.

Thanks again.

nev90 07-11-2010 10:48 PM

If you choose a male that is a sex-linked mutation, like albino, cinnamon or opaline, all the female chicks will show that mutation.

If you choose a male of a dominant mutation, like dominant pied or spangle, half of the chicks will show the mutation. (Double factors of these mutations will produce 100% single factor)

If you choose a male that is a recessive mutation, like greywing, recessive pied, or clearwing, you will only get chicks of the mutation if the hen also has a gene for the mutation

tonic 07-12-2010 01:18 AM

if you like the green and blue look then you could try for a yellow faced male, then you will get some yf chicks.

like nev said, if you pick a male with a sex linked variety (like the cinnamon you like) then you will get some of them too..

sounds like you need a blue yellow face spangle, or yf dom pied, or yf cinnamon....

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