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Re: blue and black masked lovies

Posted by Michael L on 1/31/06
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    On 1/31/06, Terry wrote:

    > thanks but what do you mean split to a blue......

    Terry,
    When a bird is "split" it carries some hidden mutation or color
    that cannot be visually seen.
    Lovebird gentics can get a bit complicated, but I'll try to give
    you the most simple explanation.
    Green is dominant mutation and blue is known as recessive.
    Let's assume the green bird is just green and has no
    hidden "splits". When a green bird breeds with a blue bird, the
    blue gene or mutation will be hidden in the resulting offspring
    because it is a recessive gene and green dominates blue.
    The babies will look green, but they will carry a blue gene in
    their genetic make up, as MKay said. They would be described as
    normal green split to blue.
    If and when those birds are bred, if their mates are visually
    blue (which means that their parents both carried a blue gene or
    were visually blue) some of the babies would be blue because the
    two blue genes would combine to produce a visually blue bird.
    You may also get some normal green birds, too.
    If two birds are visually blue they will produce blue babies. If
    one is visual and one is split you will get both and if both
    parents are visually green but split to blue you will also get
    blue babies.
    It's not as complicated as I made it sound once you get the basic
    understanding of how it happens.
    Hope I didn't confuse you too much!

    Michael L