Good morning all.
I'm Jim from Melbourne.
I have been reading/studying about Budgies for over 16 months now and have recently aquired a few birds to join my family.
I have 2 pairs with new eggs/chicks which are still hatching, and some young 'Rainbow' (or similar) birds for future possible pairings. I had budgies, cockatoos and lovebirds when i was much younger but only as pets.
I would firstly like to thank the BBC site owners and its members for providing me with loads of information to help me make informed decisions with pairings and general health/husbandry etc...
My background is breading/breaking/training horses for various fields including Thoroughbred racing, Dressage, Pony Clubs etc...
I was also a professional bullrider but I'm getting too old and my injuries took too long to recover I have decided to go with a safer option, and a lot more peaceful.
I am not breeding budgies for show or money. I have a full time job to pay for food/meds/toys/aviaries. I just love the look of the various colours and mutation combinations, and I adore their tunes!
I'm enjoying the learning curve when it comes to genetics in budgies which is a whole new ball game compared to breeding horses!
I will rarely ask questions as most of them are usually answered here and on other related sites (thanks again BBC).
I followed the uploading guidelines and will attempt to upload pics below.
This is my Violet Hen (Marg). I'm not sure if she is SF or DF or even if she's Cobalt/Sky Blue. I'm finding it difficult to understand the dark factors etc, and the pics look a bit different than to the human eye. All of her previous chicks are a light Violet when she was paired to a Sky Blue Opaline Spangle. (Similar to the blue Cock below)
Sky Blue Opaline Spangle
This is my FY2. I'm not sure if he's a GF as his face is much brighter when he's next to any other YF in the Aviary.
This is my Grey Opaline Spangle Cock with my YF1 Hen. They currently have 6 chicks in the nest