Hey, I just thought I'd update y'all. I have a pair of budgies I finally managed to get to breed, and while unfortunately of the four eggs layed, one was smashed, one got a bloodring after a few days, and one died just two days before it should have hatched, but one managed to make it and I just pulled him from the nest box Thursday evening.
It was a little nerve-wracking at first. That first night he wasn't sure how to be handfed, and wouldn't accept the pipette. I did my best, and come night time gave him back to his parents for the night (they're OK with me handling the baby, so this went over well and they fed him that night and the next morning).
The next day I pulled him again around 11 o'clock, waited for his crop to empty and then attempted feeding again around 3-4pm ( I don't remember exact time). Again we struggled, he was a little better though. Then I had an idea-- I knew lots of people would use bent spoons to feed the handfeeding formula, I did not have a spoon to destroy, nor the tools to bend it so I got a drinking straw and cut a rectangular notch in the end and rounded the edges. He began nibbling food off of this quite readily, and I was able to alternately use the straw then the pipette until he was hungrily accepting the pipette into his mouth to be fed.
Now he begins his "feed me!" chatter as soon as he knows I am getting his food ready, and eats until his crop is nice and full.
This is him after his most recent feeding.
(yes, I was compelled to give him a teddy bear after I discovered that he has been cuddling with the hard plastic digital thermometer in his brooder, my sister kindly donated it from her stuffed animal collection)
Now down to the fun stuff--- what mutation do you suppose he is? I'm 100% positive it's not lutino although a glance at the photos would tell me otherwise--- his eyes are dark and have been since he was hatched (by the way yes, I am pretty sure he is male based on my observations on previous clutches my birds have raised... I've always been able to guess what gender they were.. the females had distinct white rings around the inside of their nostrils at a young age, and wider pelvic bones).
Anyway, I'll give you the information about his parent.
Mother: Yellow face type II sky blue, believed to carry violet -- Parents unknown
Father: Yellow face type II clearflight peid --- Parents: Mother: Yellowface type II sky blue. Father: Violet peid
Now to me, it is pretty obvious this baby will be peid, and likely double yellow face or perhaps wild colored (do to his incoming yellow feathers), do you think he will be "more" than just a clearflight peid? Is there any chance he could be violet?
I'm not well versed in budgie genetics, so I was wondering if any of you more well versed folks could lend me a hand?