My Normal Bourkes Pair Produced a mutation, I think.
Posted 08 May 2010 - 05:17 AM
Some of you remember my normal bourkes Pair. I also posted pics of the pair and the babies in other posts. Their first clutch was normal. I mentioned in another post that they were ready to nest again and before I knew, they had eggs. They had four eggs this time not 3 like the first clutch. The youngest baby, instead of having white baby feathers(normal), he had all orange like color. Unfortunatley, that baby didn't make it. I am hand feeding the other 3 at this time. They are starting to feather out. The second oldest baby has orange color almost half of his wings and back. His neck is very vibrant red. I don't know if he's going to have the blue color by his tomy and legs and under his tail. I can tell that he has orange color(not pink) on some of his tail feathers. His chest is very red just like his neck. I will post pics as soon as his colors are more clear and visible. My question is, is this and exception? or could this happen again in future clutches from this pair?
Was the youngest baby a mutation? Due to having orange colored feathers instead of cotton white when he hatched? Any help is appreciated.
Posted 08 May 2010 - 07:39 AM
I do not know if they are mutations or not, but they sound like they will be very pretty, can not wait for pics! Will be interesting to see them with full feathers too!
Hali Rescued 4-15-2010 -8-2-2011 RIP sweet one
Sky Blue 2-2010-to a new home with other parakeets
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Posted 09 May 2010 - 03:49 AM
Combinations of those above....
But not an orange bourke.
There's these guys... not orange... but pink and yellow...
It could be a fluke.... they could be mutations... or there could be a nutritional issue. If the birds dont molt out, probably a mutation. Possible to happen again, or perhaps not. Awating pics!
Posted 13 May 2010 - 06:15 AM
So much difference in such a short time. The colors of the second baby are more clear now. He having lots of yellow and deep pink color. It was so confusing to tell if it was orange, pink, or yellow mixed with red.
Here are some pics. And again what mutation is this if it's not Rosy?
Posted 14 May 2010 - 04:07 AM
I'm not very familiar with bourke mutations, but I still believe that they are probably opalines, and there-fore, females.
Red & Yellow Opaline
Yellow and red pigment
2006-Red Opaline Bourke's Parrot
This website shows some other mutations as well....
English Version Bourke's Parakeet, Site Navigation
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