On 1/31/06, Terry wrote:
> thanks but what do you mean split to a blue......
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
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!