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Chicken has grey fluffy feathers coming through (round his neck) instead of white (like clio)
Does this usually happen in (normal) blues? Or si it grey budgies that have grey fluffy feathers. ( parents are blue pied and green opaline)

Oh and hes 11 days old :D

Clio is also blue (pied) and has white feathers :S

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All that fluffy stuff is his down. It looks white to me. I think he'll be recessive pied because his wing and tail pin feathers are white.

FWIW, my cobalt normal chicks had gray down and black wing and tail pin feathers.

What color blue are his parents?

By the way, he's a cutie! :D
 

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Theri deffinatly greyish :p

The parents are:
Male - sky blue Dom. Pied
Female - Green opaline


I was just reading a thread from Dean and it said.

A chick with white down is female and A chick with grey down is male (in the opaline trait)

Wonder if this is true of i have just read it wrong
 

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I'm not very educated about mutations; I rely primarily on this guide http://www.***************/colorsguide.html as well as the experts' posts in these forums. :p

FWIW, here are my three breeding journals:
1. Mr. Blue (sky blue DFYF1 normal split for recessive pied) and Nibbles (cobalt dilute) http://talkbudgies.com/showthread.php?t=33077. The dark-skinned, gray-downed, black-pinned chicks are cobalt YF1 normals and the pink-skinned, white-downed, white-pinned chicks are cobalt YF1 recessive pieds.

2. Mr. Blue (Jonah was not the father) and Noelle (cobalt spangle opaline dominant pied split for recessive pied) http://talkbudgies.com/showthread.php?t=33121. The dark-skinned, gray-downed, black-winged chick is cobalt YF1 normal and the pink-skinned, white-downed, white-pinned chick is sky blue YF1 combination dominant and recessive pied.

3. Mr. Blue (Jonah was not the father) and Noelle http://talkbudgies.com/showthread.php?t=44562.
 

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White down is present in all opalines. Grey down is present in most other mutations (barring albinism based mutations).

Only in pairs where the **** is split for opaline and the hen is NOt opaline is it possible to say chicks with white down are hens, since such a pairing can only produce normal cocks, normal cocks split opaline, normal hens and opaline hens. So any white down feathers automatically means you have an opaline - which can only be a hen in this instance.

So in response to your post - the grey feathers are down feathers - normal for green and blue babies (all babies) that arent opaline or ino.
 
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