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Re: blue and black masked lovies

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

    Thank you I think I undersand.Nubian(female) is blue and Peanut
    (male) is the normal green.They are a bonded pair but are only
    about 4 months and very tame. Nubian was hand fed since she was a
    week and a half because her mother passed away. And Peanut was
    three weeks when he was pulled from the nest. Noth are DNA sexed
    and vet checked. And little balls of energy. Thanks for your help!
    Terry