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Everything posted by Neville

  1. The difference between a Lutino/Ino and a Dark Eyed Clear (DEC) or a Double Factor Spangle These three birds can all be the same colour with the same amount of suffusion. The main difference is their eyes and the colour of the adult male's cere. There are other very subtle differences. Lutinos (or albinos) have red eyes with an iris ring and the males cere will stay pink all his life Dark eyed clears have dark eyes with no iris ring. (As small babies in the nest their eyes are plum coloured). The male's cere will stay pink all it's life Double factor spangle adults have black e
  2. The distribution of the pied pattern is very important when identifying pieds. The clear areas on the front of the chest are usually higher on a recessive than a dominant. The eyes, the beak and feet colour are important indicators but not infallable. Also this bird has marked flight feathers which a dominant pied would never have
  3. Yes it does a bit and I must admit that when I first saw it my impression was recessive but most of the combinations I have seen look more like double factor dominants whereas this bird has definite SF dominant pied characteristics
  4. I don't think that it applies to this bird but there a lot of pieds out there that are both dominant and recessive mutations at the same time. If a dominant pied is mated to a recessive it will produce dominant pieds that are split to recessive. If one of these splits is mated to a recessive pied then some of the offspring will be both mutations. These combination pieds with characteristics of both mutations can be quite difficult to identify
  5. Blue. It's a yellow face albino (provided it has red eyes)
  6. 50% dominant pied, 50% normal. No opaline unless the cock is split for opaline. If he is split for opaline then you'll get opalines of both sexes. Half of the chicks should inherit the violet if he is single factor, they will all inherit single factor violet if he is double factor.
  7. Thank you for the compliment Libby. It comes from being old! :hap:
  8. Yes it is possible to breed a lacewing from an ino and a cinnamon but not in one generation. Also the genes have a very low crossover rate so it could take quite a while. From the ino mated to a cinnamon you would need to select a male chick which would be split to both cinnamon and ino but wouldn't show either mutation visably. When this young cock is bred there is a chance that there could be a lacewing among his daughters
  9. Ozzy is clearwing as well as opaline spangle. He is a really beautiful bird If Ducky has black eyes she is a double factor spangle Angle is an opaline sky blue Xena is a recessive pied light green If Ozzzy was mated to Ducky you'd get spangle males and opaline spangle females, probably all green series. If he was mated to Angel you'd get opalines and opaline spangles in green series, but if he is split for blue you get blue series as well. If he was mated to Xena you'd get normal males, spangle males, opaline females and opaline spangle females, no recessive pieds unless Ozzy i
  10. There are 3 different yellow face mutations so if you are breeding yellow face budgies it pays to know which type you have. They all have a dominant breeding pattern which means that if any mutation of yellow face is mated to a non yellow face you could expect 50% yellow face chicks If two type 1 yellow face budgies are mated together they will produce a white faced bird that is in fact a double factor yellow face. If this bird is mated to a normal budgie it will produce yellow face offspring. This is not the same as being split for a mutation If two type 2 yellow face birds are mated
  11. Yes a budgie can be both single factor dominant pied and clearflight pied at the same time. These two mutations are very similar so if your bird had both it would be quite difficult to tell without test breeding. The dominant pied is a lot more common
  12. I'm not sure whether her base colour is mauve or cobalt but I think it's cobalt, the violet is an added shade. So she is either Spangle Mauve Violet or Spangle Cobalt Violet. Having no opaline will make a slight difference to the chick predictions I made in my earlier post
  13. The pictures loaded for me this time. The new hen is just spangle, no opaline
  14. The pictures won't load on my computer for some reason so I'll make some predictions for the chicks based on Neat's assessment of the mutations. I have noticed that she usually gets them right Opaline spangle sky blue cock mated to a cinnamon cobalt hen will produce: spangle and normal males, opaline and opaline spangle females, no cinnamon unless the cock is split for cinnamon. The chicks will be half each of sky blue and cobalt. Opaline spangle sky blue cock mated to a mauve opaline spangle hen will produce: 50% opaline spangles, 25% double factor spangles that are
  15. Red eyes are often the product of a camera flash. I viewed this file before I was able to post and decided that the hen was a double factor spangle not a lutino and that all her chicks would be spangles
  16. If it is a disease it probably wouldn't be heritable. If it is a condition brought about by inbreeding and you wanted to reproduce it you would have do do more inbreeding which could have very negative results. Most of the mutated genes that have given us the variety of colours that we now have have involved inbreeding to establish the strain. If the short tail is caused by a mutated gene it would be possible to reproduce it
  17. Great photos. The cinnamon spangle is looking good now
  18. The bird on the left is a type 2 yellow face dominant pied sky blue. The bird on the right is a dominant pied cobalt. The difference between pied types shows in the way that the pied pattern is distributed
  19. The first egg is usually laid about 7 days after their first mating