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  1. I can't see any reason why pop corn wouldn't be safe for budgies. They love fresh corn on the cob and cooked corn. Popping corn is usually too hard but they should be able to eat it when it's popped

  2. The male could be a heavily suffused double factor spangle OR he could be a single factor spangle, double factor dominant pied


    If your hen is albino and the cock is double factor spangle the chicks will all be blue spangles with whatever other mutations the birds are masking


    If both the cock and the hen are both double factor spangle all the chicks will be double factor spangle


    If the cock is spangle dominant pied expect dominant pied & dominant pied spangles from an albino hen OR double factor spangle dominant pieds and single factor dominant pied spangles from a double factor spangle hen


    There is also the possibility that the hen is a dark eyed clear. If she is it raises more possibilities


    I'd be very interested to see your breeding results

  3. The ino mutation can mask most other mutation including spangle. When an ino that is masking spangle is bred the spangle gene will be inherited in the same way as it would if the bird was not ino as well, so you will be able to see if the chicks that don't show the ino mutation are spangle or not.


    Your white hen should be described just as a lacewing. The cinnamon & the ino gene combine to create a lacewing but to produce lacweing chicks her mate also needs to have the combined gene. If your bird is paired with a cinnamon she would produce cinnamon chicks of both sexes or if she was paired with an ino she would produce inos of both sexes

  4. The albino hen is a lacewing. Her son the grey cock is split for lacewing.


    The lutino that the grey cock was mated to must be masking spangle for the pair to have produced spangle chicks (unless she mated with a different cock). She must also be split for blue.


    The three red eyed female chicks in the second clutch will be lacewings and the male red eyed chick will be lutino. Because of the sex-linkage the cock can't produce a lacewing male unless he is mated to a lacewing hen but he can produce an ino male when he is mated to an ino hen. Some of the young lacewing hens could also be spangle, if they are their brown markings will be reduced.


    The expected result from pairing a normal split lacewing cock to an ino hen that is masking spangle would be:

    12.5% ino males

    12.5% ino males masking spangle

    12.5% normal males

    12.5% spangle males

    12.5% lacewing females

    12.5% spangle lacewing females

    12.5% normal females

    12.5% spangle females


    Half of the males will be split for lacewing.

    The chicks should be about half green series and half blue series (including grey, grey green, white & yellow)

    All the green series chicks will be split for blue

  5. I'm wondering if ino combined with fallow could produce an ino with faint brown spots???

    Neville, thank you very much for the anwer! :)

    In her pedigree there are not Fallows..

    A recessive mutation like fallow could be passed down in the genes for countless generations and only appear visually when a bird is mated to another bird with the same gene, so having a few generations of pedigree doesn't rule out the possibility

  6. I don't think that I can help with this question


    I would have thought that an ino hen with faint cinnamon spots was a very pale lacewing or a lacewing dilute but as this hen has produced normal male chicks when mated to a cinnamon she can't be a lacewing. The ino chick looks male so it can't be lacewing either if the mother is not lacewing.


    I'm wondering if ino combined with fallow could produce an ino with faint brown spots???


    Many inos do have very faint markings but whatever has caused the markings on this hen it can't be cinnamon

  7. Your bird is a yellow face opaline greywing dominant pied. It is not a rainbow but it is very beautiful just the same.


    Here is the official description of a Rainbow copied from the World Budgerigar Organisation Website (Whitewing is another name for clearwing)


    RAINBOW (composite Opaline Whitewing Yellowface/Goldenface Blue series)

    The standard will be as for the Opaline Whitewing Skyblue, Cobalt, Mauve, Violet or Grey except for the following details:

    The expression of yellow coloration will vary dependent upon which of the yellowface mutations is visibly present in each case, ie Yellowface Mutant 1 will be lemon yellow, Yellowface Mutant 2 double factor will be buttercup yellow and Goldenface double factor will be deeper yellow. The otherwise white areas of the mask, frontal, crown and the very faintly discernible undulations at the back of the head will be in the shade of yellow coloration appropriate to the Yellowface mutant form. Markings: on cheeks, back of head and neck will have a light flush of the appropriate shade of yellow visible on the otherwise white areas at the edge of the markings. Wings: may have a very light flush of the appropriate shade of yellow visible on the otherwise white areas at the edge of minimal body colour markings. Primary wing flights: grey/white. Primary tail feathers: neutral with ground or body colour suffusion. Secondary tail feathers: blueish/grey at the tip, an overlay of the appropriate shade of yellow on the otherwise white areas is permissible.


    The notes for the above Yellowface and Goldenface mutations regarding the single factor and double factor should also be applied to the written standard for the Rainbow variety.

    The Rainbow is not a proper example of the variety unless it is visibly an Opaline, a Whitewing, a Yellowface or Goldenface.

  8. Double factor spangles that are masking recessive pied are very common and they look identical to a dark eyed clears. Neither will have an iris ring and males of both types have pink ceres. The only way to tell them apart is by breeding results


    if i were to pair it up to a ino female would that be a good choice?


    Because you can't tell what mutations the ino is masking it might not prove anything.


    If the ino is not masking anything or split for anything, you could expect clearflight pieds and normals from a dark eyed clear, and all spangles from a double factor spangle.