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    Grey Budgies

    Even though I've been researching budgies for two years and getting their care and genetics pounded into my head it won't be anytime soon that I begin to breed (think: when I'm thirty ). The colors that have caught my eye are the purple line from the blues and the grey line from the blues.....and, yes, I know they are the hardest to breed becuase of 1. purple is very, very recessive and finding a full, nicely rounded genetic line of them is practically immpossible especially considering it's unhealthy to breed two purples together. And 2. Grey budgies are practically nonexistent becuase they are not as bright and colored as other budgies so the market is very slim (fortunately they are dominant even over the greens which comes in handy for creating interesting grey crosses ).

    The reason I want to breed these is to get some good genetics in there and better the purple lines as well as hopefully create interest in grey budgies (since there is nothing as beautiful as a striking slate budgie it may not be that hard) as well becuase at least people will be getting a healthy, genetically sound budgie from SOMEONE in my town. The petstores here are atrocious (just check out PetCetera's picture of their bird "cages". Trust me, it is worse in person ).

    So, anyways I was wondering if anyone knew someone who bred either purple or grey budgies and, if not, how to find out about bird shows in my area.

    that is all.

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    Re: Grey Budgies

    Grey budgies are the most beautiful!! I'm dying to get my hands on one. By purple are you meaning violet? Cause that's not so hard to breed if you can find a violent parent to begin with. I have 3 violet's from a pair: violet opaline hen x skyblue spangle cock. They had a total of 10 babies and a violet in every clutch but one.

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    Re: Grey Budgies

    I've been seeing more and more grey budgies, both here posted by members and at the petstore(s). very dignified color, like wearing a suit.
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    Re: Grey Budgies

    Yeah, I meant violet but there are also different shades of purple such as the pastel purples (gorgeous things that they are). With the breeding and the purples I'm planning on doing more than one version of the purples (deep violet, blue/purple, pastel purple etc.) so finding proper ones then making sure nothing is wrong with them may be a bit hard....

    Also, purple lines (especially if you plan on keeping the offspring to deepen a line to a certain color) need to be bred to strong budgies like a blue or grey if the line is continuing becuase purples, like albino's and lutino's, become weaker if interbred with offspring or budgies of the same color. *sigh* I'm always attracted to the recessive ones. (*Cue pictures of whiteface pied cockatiels*)

    And grey's....ARE SO CUTE! I'm sure most people would love to have one but breeders tend to breed only the bright colored ones...*sigh*

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    Re: Grey Budgies

    I have some cinnamon violet hens which are a GORGEOUS lavendar colour. As well as some full strength violets.

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    Re: Grey Budgies

    look for a club ..its the only way to get good stock if u want good colour and size

    i have just acquired a handsome opaline violet cockbird..a young baby from a australian judge...size was a problem..hes glorious in my eyes and will only be a pet for my kid budgie community but his colour is amazing
    i also got a violet recessive pied hen ...her colour is so vibrant and yet she is only 6 and a half weeks old now

    from another breeder..another judge.. i scored her rejects too..on the basis of size again but they are still big beautiful birds by pet standards

    from her i got four cock birds...a yellow faced mauve to die for
    a yellow face grey ,
    an opaline grey and a cinnamonwing grey
    they all have beautiful natures and when theyre out of quarantine they will join my flock on the indoor tree and have a wonderful time being pets to all the kids in the local budgie community i have the pleasure of knowing!
    good lcuk in ur search ...google away and once u find someone from a club they will give u lots of contacts and then u willl see the doors open for u as they did for me!

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    Re: Grey Budgies

    Wow, Sweetytweety, your birds sound absolutely gorgeous!

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    Re: Grey Budgies

    Elaine thanks..they are..theyre plump and healthy and still like to sleep like seal pups all on top of each other at times
    we had them out for their first social time on the mat yesterday and it was like being at a camp fire ,,,mesmerising! they were playing and chewing on some callistemon branches we picked off the ground after a big windy day ...
    they are so funny with their antics and because theyre so much bigger than ur average petshop budgie theres more head to caress...not that i dont like little budgies but the exhibition ones are just bigger and easier to scratch...
    i have been beyond lucky getting birds like these...

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    Re: Grey Budgies

    Ahahahaha, I can see a whole pile of birds sleeping on top of eachother The "Bird Pile".

    I think people who breed exhibition budgies also have to breed in hardiness and the only way to do that is larger birds (a sort of afteraffect from breeding to virile budgies). They certainly LOOK more healthy.

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    Re: Grey Budgies

    Yep.....Gray budgies ROCK!
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    Re: Grey Budgies

    ooh JODIE!
    dont u just love the yellow face greys??
    now i have two ...one is mauve and the other grey and at first i had to keep looking at the ring around their foot and number 18 was the mauve one
    its cheek patches arepurple and yellow face grey has blue but i still have to look very closely
    the mauve hopefully will grow darker ...to be a rich deep shade so the yellow will b stunning..we called him Merlin
    the yellow face grey ..he had a tiny bald patch maybe from his mum or whatever ( its covering over now) so we called him Remington as in the shaving company..steel ...get it..shaving..bald patch lol
    we played with them heaps today and they are the sweetest boys
    the opaline grey is quite fiesty for a cock bird but im sure he will settle ..named him Tashi..after that elf book series
    the cinnamonwing grey is smaller and quieter ..we called him Teddy cos of his soft nature

    theyre so big compared to my aussie petshop quality birds and they have welldeveloped spots..especially the opaline..so handsome

    ohhhh i so want a yellow face blue..theyre really hard to get but ill wait for a cockbird

    now regarding the lifespan..the exhibtion stock isnt hardier..they only live 7years or so but they get aggod start nutritionally from reputable breeders andi just love their grandpa looks!

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    Re: Grey Budgies

    Most exhibition stock isn't hardy becuse people breed champions BUT if they never bred and kept winning most likely they would live quite long.

    mamajodi- EEEEEEEEEEE!!! Yellow-faced Grey! Ow wow, He's gorgeous!

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    Re: Grey Budgies

    Quote Originally Posted by Belinda View Post
    ...that's not so hard to breed if you can find a violent parent to begin with...
    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! LMAO

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    Re: Grey Budgies

    Im posting under my mums name and i agree GREY BUDGIES ROCK!!!


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    Re: Grey Budgies

    GORGEOUS picture, Fruitloop! Personally, I like the whitface's more than the yellow faced but the liking is VERY slim becuase ALL grey budgies are beautiful

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