Not long ago, I visited a breeder (acting as a customer) who sold hand raised budgies..ones of unnatural colouring, although she did not dye them or use any other artificial colouring materials. When I questioned how this women was making lutino's Red, Albino's pink and altering the colours of the caps (head ), this is what she told me:
"I feed my breeding birds, Red factor canary seed (which is bad for the budgerigars kidneys), so that the chicks developing feathers become stained and grow out coloured instead of solid yellow or white (Lutino, Albino, Dark eyed clear, double factor spangle), the colouring doesnt work on mutations that are not solid white or yellow, although I once produced a white face sky blue with a violet crown."
She stated that she "coloured the birds so they were much more intriguing and a little bit of fun for kids and families."
The thing that makes me mad about this breeder is, she sells the coloured budgies for $300+ (AUD) claiming that the colour is their genetics and she has indeed, created new mutations and a breakthrough in budgerigar breeding. , even more irritating is the fact that the colours wash out after the first moult, you would need to continue feeding red factor canary food to maintain the colour, and even then it would only be a pink or orange hue in the sunlight, instead of a teal or green hue in the natural colouration of the bird. She admits she takes no responsibility for discolouration or fading as this must be the buyers wrong doing, and thus she does not accept returns or refunds.
Now anyone who knows anything about genetics, knows that Budgies cannot naturally be pink or orange, the species simply does not have the correct chromosomes to do so.
I posted this as a warning to anyone who comes across such a person claiming to be breeding unnatural new and exciting supposed mutations.