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How does the greywing gene work?

I have a pair: Normal skyblue **** and a goldenface skyblue violet opaline hen.

And I got two greywing chicks from them.

Here's the oldest


His body feathers are coming out a bright skyblue violet, not diluted.

And I was also wondering.. I know my male chicks from this pair will be split for opaline. How about the greywing? Is that sex linked as well? Don't know anything about that one :eek:

They are greywing right?
 

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Hello there!

When both parents are split for greywing they can have greywing chicks, and no it is not sex linked like opaline, cinnamon, ino etc :)

I'm not sure about the other chicks being split to greywing though we'll have to wait for the experts on that one! :)
 

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Hello there!

When both parents are split for greywing they can have greywing chicks, and no it is not sex linked like opaline, cinnamon, ino etc :)

I'm not sure about the other chicks being split to greywing though we'll have to wait for the experts on that one! :)
Thank you that helps, I'm still a bit confused though. I thought hens couldn't be split? wouldn't it have to be visual? :S
 

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greywing is recessive to normal, so both the parents must be split for it. hens can be split for most recessive varieties, just not the sex-linked ones like opaline etc.

if they turn out to have full body colour, rather than diluted, they could be full bodied greywings. That is a combination of greywing and clearwing, meaning your chick has received a greywing gene from one parent and a clearwing gene from another.
 

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hi there,

greywing is recessive to normal, so both the parents must be split for it. hens can be split for most recessive varieties, just not the sex-linked ones like opaline etc.

if they turn out to have full body colour, rather than diluted, they could be full bodied greywings. That is a combination of greywing and clearwing, meaning your chick has received a greywing gene from one parent and a clearwing gene from another.
Thank you, that was just the answer I was looking for and I posted this in another forum as well.

That just made perfect sense and I had no idea about full bodied greywings being a combination of those two genes.

I learn something new everyday :)

I'm just amazed that I had no idea any of my budgies were split for anything at all and out of my whole flock these two just bonded, how lucky for me I love the surprises :D
 
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