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Hello everyone,

I do want to give a big thanks to some of you on here again who have helped me with hand feeding questions!! There is a question I have about color. I have a light green normal male and a sky blue normal female. They have had a clutch of 4 in September and a recent clutch of 7, only 6 survived. Anyways I had just became a member of a budgie club in october and they sent me a really good guide to color with pictures and everything, I sat down to read it today and just now I read the color guide on this forum. Great information!! I'm just a little confused because of the chicks colors I've got.

Their first clutch of four I have 3 males and a female. One male looks alot like the father so I just have him as light green normal. The others look opaline in the wings but the body color mostly on the chest is what I a confused about, they all have a swirl or marbling of green and blue mixed. Almost like if you took green and blue paint and just swirled it around. The Second clutch of 6 have opaline wings also. The chest colors are also blue and green but in the second clutch it is spotted instead of swirled. Also with one of them it is a really bright teal color from the front of the neck to mid way of the chest and the lower half is exactly the color of it's mother, blue. They are really weird colors.

Could this be because the mom is blue and dad is green and the colors just mashed up?? I'm just wondering because in my color guide I didn't read anything about the swirling of blue and green. I hope I made sense!! Thanks So Much. I know it would probably be easier with pictures when I got time I'll try to take some pics of the birds. My young birds are very skittish of cameras and different objects so I'll try to catch them when they are tired of something.

Thanks,

Jaime

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The blue in the green will mostly moult out and visa versa. But you some times do get patchy birds.

Last year I put violet hen with a light green hen and all chicks were cobalt and dk green and the cobalts had green below tummy and the greens had blue below the tummy but they moulted it all out with time.

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Oh that is interesting. It is kinda sad too though. I like their color, I think it looks cool. My 4 month olds are molting now. The color is still there but I guess it happens over time right? It is very interesting to know though. Thank you for the response.

 

 

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Photos would be most helpful in helping everyone identify what you've got...

 

To begin with, your male is split opaline!

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Definitely just a baby colour issue. Lots of babies have patchy colour, especially green series birds which often have flashes of blue on the rump or chest. It will moult out to be a solid green colour :)

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Awwweee...I'm so mad. I like their color. Pwew!! LOL!! Oh well I guess I have to deal with it. HA!! I understand pics would help, I'll try to get them on here as soon as I can. I'm not even sure if they are opaline, I may even have that messed up. I'm new at this..bare with me HAHA!!!

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Hello Again,

I have finally gotten around to taking pictures of the two clutches I have talk about concerning color. I know most of them are green. I know most of you told me that their color will molt out but I just figured I would show you guys pictures anyway.

 

This is Amelia, she is the first female chick I have ever gotten. Her hate date is August 31st 2010. So she is about 4 months old.

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These are Amelia's Brothers from the same clutch as her. Pickles, Monk and Huey

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Above are Monk and Pickles, they are pasty green with marbled blue and green chest. Their markings are more dark brown then black

Below is Huey. Huey looks just like his dad light green with black markings

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Huey's hatch date is August 25th 2010 and Pickles and Monk hatched on the same exact day, August 28th 2010

Here is another picture of Huey..

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The three Brothers together

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Now this is the Third Clutch from the same parents. These are the ones that I am weaning right now. They are doing very well. I figured I would show you guys a few pictures of them too. Now some of these chicks came out darker than their older siblings, Amelia, Monk, Pickles and Huey. But their tails came out with more variety to them. Also one of them barely has any stripes and one is green but has a blue butt. Well here they are......

Blue butt....HAHA

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The one on the top is the one I was talking about that hardly has stripes

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He or she kinda stands out in he crowd

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Here he or she is alone

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They all make me laugh. I love these little guys

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By the way, the six chicks hatch dates are from October, 22nd to November 4th 2010. One of their siblings was killed by their mother.

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pics of mum and dad would be good too. but you state they are both normal so Amelia, Pickles (i think the first one shown after her) and the one that stand out in clutch three are all girls. This because they are Opaline and this is sex-linked gene. In this pair it can only mean the dad is split (carrying) the gene in his genetic makeup.

Opaline is also why it appears her wings have less markings.

I can't see the different tails you are taking about in the pictures. Opaline will have different tails to normals. The brown you are seeing would be from having baby feathers still, these are not as bright as adult ones.

 

Looking at the chicks i think you either have a dark factor in one of the parents,o a dark green or a cobalt, as the mix of green and blue is normally seen in dark green babies not light green ones.

 

again would really love pictures of mum and dad.

Edited by *Nerwen*

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Wow you say that Amelia's brothers are sisters?? Well I have been questioning one of the brothers. I removed Amelia from the cage the 4 of them were in because they kept head bobbing at her and trying to climb on top of her. So I figured she was the only girl and removed her from them three. All they do is head bob eachother all day. So I thought they were boys. They act just like their dad. As for the chicks with the different tails, yea I realize it would be hard to see from the pictures. They just have different color tails from eachother. Some have really blue some really green to teal and some have really yellow.

 

Here is daddy Booger.....

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Here is hen, Mama Tweet is her name. I'll try to find a better photo of her since she was in the nest box with her chicks at the time.......

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Edited by **KAZ**

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Not all of them Only this one:

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DAD - Green Normal Split Opaline

MUM - Yellowface blue Opaline

 

Possible Outcomes:

Green normal split blue

Green normals split yellowface blue

Green Opaline

 

All males will be split Opaline

 

The fact you have mention a teal look to the bird and the look of this one which should be around the 4 month mark and so starting to moult makes we wonder if the Dad is also split for Blue giving you some yellowface babies but the mum looks like a type 1 not a type 2 (which bleeds colour into the body)

Anyone else with thoughts?

Edited by *Nerwen*

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I actually just found these two pictures of Mama Tweet. Her and the Recessive Pied Male Mr. Tweekers are the first parakeets I have ever owned. So she and he are pretty special to me. Mr Tweekers actually just became a daddy for the first time a week ago, he is paired with a sky blue female that I adopted from someone. They have 2 chicks so far and 5 more eggs to go. Mama Tweet is the female who gave me my first parakeet chicks so like I said she is a pretty special bird to me. The pictures are actually from when i first brought them home. This was way before I even had booger. Here is my girl Mama Tweet.

 

 

 

 

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Oh man...I need to chuckle. Disregard the yellow on MTweets face. The color is actually from a pear mineral block she has been munching on. I forgot to mention it. I was just about to clear that up when you replied back. Thank you so much for your feedback. This is very interesting to me. I too thought that maybe Mama is opaline but I am just starting out and trying to understand colors so I wasn't 100% sure. Thanks So Much for your reply.

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