HOW DO YOU BREED A BLUE GOULDIAN

by MAHOMED
(SOUTH AFRICA)

I HAVE YELLOW AND NORMAL GOULDIANS . HOW CAN I BREED BLUE GOULDIANS WITHOUT HAVING TO BUY A PAIR OF BLUES . I AM IN SOUTH AFRICA AND BLUES ARE VERY RARE AND SCARCE HERE. MY E MAIL ADDRESS IS moh786@live.co.za

THANK YOU

Hi Mohmad,

There is only one way that I know of. Buy two split-to blues. I believe that all the mutations that must be present to produce a blue are all recessive. To the best of knowledge, these mutations prevent the birds from picking up or using the red or yellow pigments in their feathers. Both parents must each have at least one recessive gene for this to pass on to their offspring. The chicks must get two recessive genes for a blue back or the blue, being recessive, will be invisible. In other words, If you know a breeder who is breeding blue backs, try to purchase two unrelated split to blues.

I know this subject is incredibly confusing so if there is something that isn't understandable here let me know and I will try to explain more.

Thanks for visiting my site, Jeanie

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Aug 30, 2016
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best colors to breed w/male yellow back red head
by: Anonymous

I have a yellow back red with a blue ring by the red /male can I use a blue female or what color should I use to get cool colors

Jul 28, 2016
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Breeding for blue
by: J

Hi
i have a silver juvenile so not sure of the sex yet. What would I breed he/she with in order to produce blue chicks.
Thank you, J

You will need a split to blue back for the best results. Each parent must have at least one specific recessive gene for the feather color to be blue. A split to blue comes from a visually blue bird being paired with a normal green or yellow back. The visually blue back has two genes (recessive) for the blue color so it will pass one gene for the blue color to its chicks. The normal has no mutated genes and cannot produce anything other than a split to blue bird which will not be visually blue because it has gotten another dominant color gene from its normal parent. When a blue is paired with a split to blue the result can only be blues and split to blues.

Mar 11, 2016
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split to blue
by: Anonymous

wouldn't the young ones be split to blue, hence a young male put back to the mother give you a possibility to breeding blue backs ?

It was just my personal choice not to breed parent and offspring to each other. Yes,I think you are right, as long as hen and cock both have at least one recessive gene for the blue feather color back, the pair could produce blue back birds. I would suspect that by interbreeding blue back Gouldians, the chances of producing less strong off spring might be increased, but I have no experience with this. I have always thought the split-to-blue parent passes on stronger genes in general that give the offspring the best chance at being strong healthy blues. Jeanie

Jan 06, 2016
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Gouldian finch
by: Anonymous

Hi can they produce blue babies if I have one blue male to pair it to the normal color?

No. In order to breed for blue back offspring, both parents have to have at least 1 gene for the feather color of blue. This is a recessive gene. What is called a "split to blue" is the type of Gouldian needed when trying to breed for healthy and strong blue backs. Breeding a blue back to a split to blue back gives you the best chance of having the chicks be strong stock and surviving. Jeanie

Jul 21, 2012
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blue gouldians
by: Anonymous

Are you saying that a blue female bred to a male normal can't produce blue chicks? That the male would also have to be a split to blue to get blue chicks? I have a nest with 3 good sized chicks in it. The mother is blue, the father is a normal, but I have no idea if he has that recessive gene or not. I was sure hoping for some blue ones, since I have only one! Thanks, J.

Yes, both parents must be able to pass on one gene for the mutation that creates a blue back because it is recessive. As an example and in this one case, think of human beings' eyes. Blue is recessive to brown in eyes. If a person gets two genes for the eye color blue, their eyes will be visually blue. If a person gets one gene for blue,(recessive), and one gene for brown eyes, (dominant), their eyes will be visually brown.

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