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    Mutant Budgie Hatchling!

    My two budgies hatched a chick, and he had backward facing legs. His egg was unusually long, and he hatched this way. Unfortunately, I didn't correct it because it was the first chick we hatched, and we didn't know what they were supposed to look like. Then one day the father threw him out of the nest and onto the food tray, and chewed his head really badly. The poor bird was really pretty too, and was a mauve spangle. Can anyone tell me if similar mutations have happened before?

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    Re: Mutant Budgie Hatchling!

    I don't think mutations have anything to do with it

    it does sound like a birth defect though, and can be caused by many factors

    the misshaped egg sounds like lack of calcium, which could cause deformities

    Also inbreeding is the main cause of deformities

    So if you got both birds from a pet shop - same pet shop - specially on the same day (or very close together) it is highly likely they are actually related

    or even from a breeder, if you didn't specify you wanted birds who were not related.

    a diet that wasn't high in vitamins,minerals, and calcium are good factors for deformities as well

    It sounds like your chick has the human version of "club foot" - this is when a baby is born with their foot (or in some cases entire leg) Bent inwards (at least my daughters was inwards not sure if it can go in other directions and still be club foot) her left foot turned so far in it laid flat on the inside of her diaper. (she had a operation to correct it)

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    Re: Mutant Budgie Hatchling!

    The birds aren't related. One was bred, and the other was bought from a shop.

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    Re: Mutant Budgie Hatchling!

    Then it's probably a birth defect that is either in one of their genes or from lack of something in their diet. OR it could of just been a fluke

    BUT if you'd pair them to different birds and it happens again, I wouldn't breed the one giving you the babies with deformities any more because then it's most likely in that birds genes - the Adult bird could in fact be an inbred bird and the bad genes are being passed down.

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    Re: Mutant Budgie Hatchling!

    Yeah true.

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    Re: Mutant Budgie Hatchling!

    true

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    Re: Mutant Budgie Hatchling!

    Why did you bring up a thread that had been sorted out...?

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    Re: Mutant Budgie Hatchling!

    ...? this was from your old birds yea? you havent had the new ones 5 mins yet....

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    Re: Mutant Budgie Hatchling!

    I didn't revive the thread, nascar did...

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    Re: Mutant Budgie Hatchling!

    that was my fault for failing to look at dates, it does fill in a puzzle piece for me though...

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    Re: Mutant Budgie Hatchling!

    How do you mean?

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    Re: Mutant Budgie Hatchling!

    about your prior breeding "experience"

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    Re: Mutant Budgie Hatchling!

    I raised 7 healthy baby boys... All hand tame!

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    Re: Mutant Budgie Hatchling!

    As far as breeding goes....Not very much experience...but at least I know how to handrear...I did have the brains to look that one up before breeding.

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