mutations

by dan
(s.wales uk)

do you know if mutations happen in the wild. if not why are we trying to kill off the normal gouldian?


Hi Dan,

Yes, the yellow head green back and the black head green back mutations have been found in the wild. In fact I have read that the black head mutation out numbers the red head mutation in the wild, in spite of the fact that the red head is genetically dominant, and that the yellow heads are fewer in number than either of the other two.
Oh dear, I never looked at in that way. I certainly don't want to kill off the normals. They are the strongest and the most beautiful to me. However, I suspect for many breeders finding and breeding or creating rare mutations is a challenge. I can think of no other reason.
Thank you for your question, Jeanie

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Feb 09, 2016
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natural selection
by: max

As far as mutations go, I can say that with the Gouldians, they will never be lost as Ive seen first hand 20 years ago a breeder put all his prize mutations back in a aviary with normal birds 3 years passed and nearly all went back after most old birds passsed so never forget natural selection all ways wins. p.s. I was that breeder.

Thank you for that information. Jeanie

Aug 12, 2012
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mutations
by: DAN s wales uk

hi Jean. on the mutations I was thinking more of the white breast, and blues that you see around , and I have seen a all white Guouldian yuk cant think for the life of me why some one would want to do that to such a beautiful bird. I have been told that some people are trying to breed a all black Gouldian, I wonder if like you said they do It as a challenge or for the money, I keep and breed Gouldians for the pleasure, and to keep normal gouldians so that they are not lost, money does not come in to it at all. I would like other peoples views on this subject for or against. yours faithfully DAN

Hi Dan,
I am certainly in agreement with your views. Perhaps it's the competetive nature for some breeders. Nature did it best in my mind.

Thanks for your comment, Jeanie

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