I have an old post bookmarked I seem to be posting it a lot...;@Zara has a list of stuff you should buy.
Mimi, your title isn´t very clear, it sound like you are unsure?-Hand rearing formula
-Feeding utensil - I use syringes but always recommend feeding spoons to a novice
-Candy thermometer to check formula temperature
-heating pad if your brooder is not a professional one
-Aspen shavings - Course pine is ok if you can´t get aspen. Never fine pine, and never ever cedar.
-Thermometer (digital) for monitoring brooder temperature
-Hygrometer for monitoring humidity inside the brooder
-Weighing scales - you can use a gram scale, or as your birds are budgies, a 0.01 scale
-Pedialyte, or natural unflavoured coconut water
-Nursery cage with plenty of perches (to move the birds into after they fledge)
There's no nesting equipment and my budgie bubbas only go in their cage to eat as they have play areas all over my house. Im not planning to breed them my oldest is only 6 months old and my youngest is 2 months I have 2 pairs. I've noticed a lot of people just use birds as breeding stock and that upsets me, my budgie bubbas have a good quality of life lots of fun and cuddles they have a varied diet of greens veg seeds mix and some fruit. I was just curious about the colours as they're quite rare variations my lilac clearwing (Moonlight) and yellow fallow (Sunrise).Based on the behaviour you're describing, if you're not planning on breeding them, you also need a plan.
Thank you for all the advise and if I ever do plan to breed I will ensure I know everything before going ahead, for now I just want to enjoy watching my.budgie bubbas enjoy their livesFor budgie breeding genetics, I have no idea sorry, but I´m sure others will know
I have an old post bookmarked I seem to be posting it a lot...;
Mimi, your title isn´t very clear, it sound like you are unsure?
I just want to say, that if you have a male and female bird, it´s probably they will mate (male on the females back). And that´s great, all fine, they can mate and preen each other and play and be happy.
Breeding is something else, and you don´t have to allow breeding just because the birds are mating and enjoying a full sex life. You can remove any eggs laid and not breed without splitting the birds up. You would only have to separate them if fighting was occuring.
If breeding is something you want to persue, as Linden said, a mentor is invaluable, learning to hand feed (in person by a pro) is a must, and start your reasearch now, absorb lots of info, as questions and discover answers. You will also want to vet the birds to be sure they are in good breeding condition, as well as have them on a varied diet including veggies and pellets.
Thanks for the information. I didn't get them from same place and as I've said I do not intend to breed them I was just wondering what their chick's would look like.I am not that great at visual mutation identification, especially with dilutes. There are quite a few different dilute mutations, like fallow, greywing, clearwing, etc. And it is possible for a budgie to have additional color mutations that are either not visible or masked by other visible mutations.
Since most color mutations are recessive, mixing different mutations tends to lead you back to wild-type normal green budgies. If you want to keep the mutations visible, typically both parents must have at least one copy of the same mutated gene. Breeding two birds with different color mutations will create visually normal birds that are "split" (one normal gene and one mutated gene) for both color mutations.
It helps a lot if you know what their parents looked like, since that will narrow down possible splits and reveal more information about potential offspring that would not be apparent from only looking at the birds themselves
Anyways, these two look like a yellow dilute and a blue/purple dilute to me. If they are both carrying the same dilution gene, then all their offspring will be dilute. If not, then the offspring will be split to both mutations but visually normal.
One bird is yellow (green-series) and the other a pale purple (blue-series). Green is dominant, so the offspring will likely all be yellow or green, spilt to blue.
I would expect to get mostly yellow dilute babies, but other outcomes are possible.
Did you get them from the same place at the same time? If so, they might be from the same clutch and closely related. Just something to consider before allowing them to sit on any eggs, since they were bought as pets.