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Everything posted by Neville

  1. I had two hens that didn't lay in spite of everything appearing to be right. Both hens had laid eggs and raised chicks the previous year, I plan to try them again after they have had a spell back in the flight aviary An internal layer will develop an egg bum but not produce any eggs. The eggs are re-absorbed. Often these hens will incubate foster eggs
  2. Your bird is not fat. It's feathers are fluffed up because it is either cold or sick. He is very young so it is probably caused by the stress of being taken away from his parents and moving to a new home. Keep him warm and make sure that he is eating and drinking. He will probably recover in a few days
  3. It is quite likely that the hen decided that this clutch of eggs were no good and decided to clear the nest out to start a new clutch. This often happens if the eggs are either infertile or dead in shell. I would give her another chance
  4. They both look male in that picture but if you can post a closer photo you might get a more definite answer
  5. There is a very good article about violets on this link http://www.bcv.asn.au/BCVBudgieNews.htm - then scroll down to violets
  6. We can't see enough of the bird in that photo for it to be properly identified
  7. French moult effects budgies at fledging time or before. Your bird looks 5 or 6 months old so if it is french moult he has had it for a long time. It is possible that he was recovering from french moult and the stress of moving caused a relapse Your other bird is a sky blue clearwing
  8. Dave has got the two cock birds right but the hen is a YF2 grey spangle dominant pied (probably also opaline)
  9. The mother appears to have at least one clear flight feather as well as some frosting on her chest so she must be a clearflight pied. The chick could be a clearflight pied as well
  10. There is no doubt that your bird is male
  11. 1/ Yellow face cobalt male (could be violet) 2/ Yellow face grey & yellow face opaline grey (Theyellow face type is probably M2) 3/ Mauve hen 4/ Yellow face opaline cobalt male (the yellow face type looks like mutant 1 but it could be double factor M2) 5/ Normal sky blue 6/ Yellow face cobalt male – (the yellow face type is eitherM2 or golden face) 7/ Dominant pied cobalt (The pied is probably double factor) 8/ Opaline greywing green 9/ Left - Dilute blue. Right – dilute green 10/ Albino female 11/ Opaline cobalt female 12/ Dilute green 13/ Y
  12. Hi Shajee. Welcome to the forum
  13. Sky blue spangle dominant pied male Normal sky blue male Yellow face opaline grey Possibly a greywing green but we need a picture of his back Yellow face cobalt (violet?) Yellow face opaline grey female Normal mauve female
  14. I also agree with Finnie's remarks The show birds in New Zealand are probably similar to the Australian ones but I think that there are quite a few that have gone too far
  15. A creamino is a yellow face albino, they are very beautiful
  16. I agree with Finnie except that the chick looks male. If it is male it can't be opaline
  17. Yes they are both young males
  18. If the photo colours are accurate it is a young male. The blue on a young female's cere would not go right into the nostrils
  19. I don't like abbreviations either, it took me ages to work out what LOL meant
  20. If you want violet you will need to choose a mate that is violet. Another cobalt will produce all three shades of blue in the chicks If you get a mate that is a dominant mutation like spangle, dominant pied or yellow face, about half the chicks will inherit the mutation
  21. The hen can store sperm for about 2 weeks so a whole clutch can be fertilized with one mating. Probably mating regularly would have a better chance getting all the eggs fertilized
  22. Sometimes it is to do with their mutation. Albinos, lutinos & recessive pieds have orange beaks
  23. Your bird is a female. It looks younger than 5 or 6 months
  24. Hi Finnie, Yes I know People study genetics. They were at it long before I started back in the 50's & a mathematical prediction is still only an educated guess. Your best bet would be to breed with this pair till you have enough offspring, say 100. Then you'l be able to make your own predictions. Yours B. J. It is not just an educated guess. It is a mathematical probability. A pair normal budgies would only have to produce one chick of a recessive mutation to prove that they were both split for that recessive mutation. Once the presence of a mutation is proven prediction