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    Baby birds

    Hi Everyone,
    My female Opaline peach-faced lovebird has laid 5 eggs in her first clutch. Her mate is a slate peach-faced lovebird. Only 1 egg is fertile. Last time I checked (with a light), there seemed to be a little body growing in there. I've found info online that if it is a girl it will not be Opaline, and if it's a boy it is split to Opaline. What exactly does this mean? Since Opaline is a sex-linked recessive gene, does it mean the boys will also not be Opaline. The male Slate is Partial Dominant - Co-Dominant. It's a little confusing. I thought I understood genetics but this is confusing. I do understand that a male is XX and a female is XY. Anyone have any thoughts on what the baby could be? Thanks!

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    Re: Baby birds

    It all depends on if the father is split to Opaline or not. Let's say he is not split to Opaline, then non of the offspring will be visually opaline. The males will be split to Opaline which they get from the mother.

    If the male is split to Opaline, then both sexes offspring can be Opaline. So 50% chance of female Opaline and 50% male Opaline. But the males will be split to Opaline if they do not show it.

    Hope it is clear.

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    Re: Baby birds

    Thank you! No, the father is not split to Opaline.

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    Re: Baby birds

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    Thank you! No, the father is not split to Opaline.
    So my baby has white fuzz. Iíve seen other white fuzz babies but they had grey colored skin around their eyes. My baby has pink skin around the eyes and the eyes look red. Itís 11 days old. Does that mean itís eyes are red or do all babies have red eyes?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Baby birds

    Hi, and welcome to the community! Congrats on the arrival of your sweet, precious baby! I have never homed lovebirds, but I do know that most babies of most species of parrots who have red eyes are of the Lutino or Albino mutation. We have several members who will be able to answer your question.

    In the mean time, do a Google search for mutations of lovebirds, and also baby lovebird mutations. You should be able to find great info on the web.

    We will watch for updates! Your baby will grow soooo fast. Soon he or she will be fully feathered. Enjoy the journey! All birds are beautiful, especially lovies, and they have very unique, and active lives! And are very intelligent.

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    Re: Baby birds

    The babies normaly have black eyes. In this case the eyes are red. That means it's a lutino. And in this case it's a girl. So now you know the father is split to lutino.

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