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WattaBird! My African LoveBirds Fischer CHICKS (Gallery)

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WattaBird! My African LoveBirds Fischer CHICKS (Gallery) Just sharing some of my African LoveBirds Fischer Chicks.  These are some of the first batch of offsprings from my African LoveBirds Breeding Pairs.  These photos were taken back in the early days when I was just starting with African LoveBirds breeding. These are African LoveBirds from the Agapornis Fischeri family, also known as eye-ring or African LoveBirds 2 (ALBS2). These photos popped in my Facebook Memories, reminding me of these beautiful African LoveBirds Chicks  that I have in my mini-aviary 12 long years ago! “If You have any questions, suggestions, or topics to discuss, please leave a comment below.” This is a Lutino Fischer Chick  (Parents: Bulls White Fischer Cock x Bulls Yellow Fischer Hen) These are Lutino and Albino Fischer Chicks (same clutch) (Parents: Bulls White Fischer Cock x Bulls Yellow Fischer Hen) This is a Green Fischer Chick (Parents: Green Fischer Cock x Olive Fischer Hen) This is a Green Fischer Chic

WattaBird! Understanding the Peach-Faced LoveBirds Mutations (Part 2 of 3: Sex-Linked Inheritance)

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WattaBird! Understanding the Peach-Faced LoveBirds Mutations (Part 2 of 3: Sex-Linked Inheritance) Agapornis Roseicollis This is the Part 2 of 3 of the topic  Understanding the Peach-Faced LoveBirds Mutations.  If you have not read Part 1 of 3 yet, please visit this link:  WattaBird! Understanding the Peach-Faced LoveBirds Mutations (Part 1 of 3: Recessive Inheritance) “If You have any questions, suggestions, or topics to discuss please leave a comment below.” SEX-LINKED INHERITANCE This blog post will discuss the next method or pattern of inheritance which is what is called  SEX-LINKED. SEX-LINKED  inheritance in African LoveBirds are traits that are carried in the genetic chromosomes that also determines the sex of the offspring.  In sex-linked inheritance  daughters  will  NEVER be Split . Daughters  can only be either  Visual  or Normal. Sons  on the other hand can be,  Visual  or  Split . Here is a guide on the Breeding Chart for  SEX-LINKED  inheritance: ( These tables are taken

WattaBird! Understanding the Peach-Faced LoveBirds Mutations (Part 1 of 3: Recessive Inheritance)

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WattaBird! Understanding the Peach-Faced LoveBirds Mutations  (Part 1 of 3: Recessive Inheritance) Agapornis Roseicollis In order to understand the evolution of the mutations and combinations in the Peach-Faced African LoveBirds, we need to understand the three methods or patterns of inheritance.  They are  Recessive ,  Sex-Linked , and   Factor .  My research led me to different sites and posts, but I got the most interesting and most informative presentation of this topic from an article written by Rick Smith from Lakeview Terrace, California.  The article is titled, The Peach-Faced LoveBirds, Agapornis Roseicollis and its Mutations which was featured in the AFA WatchBird magazine. “If You have any questions, suggestions, or topics to discuss please leave a comment below.” Let us start with the  RECESSIVE  inheritance.   (This is Part 1 of 3) RECESSIVE INHERITANCE RECESSIVE  inheritance in African LoveBirds requires both parents to have the recessive genes for the mutation to be seen

WattaBird! Avoid Breeding this Pairing in African LoveBirds

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WattaBird! Avoid Breeding this Pair in African LoveBirds I have noticed an African LoveBirds mutation that is characterized by gradation in its feathers on the wings that looks similar to a Euwing mutation and yet looks different from the photos of Euwings I usually see on posts. The plumage looks like strands and different. I became interested to learn and understand this mutation, so I did my research.  “If You have any questions ,  suggestions, or topics to discuss, please leave a comment below.” My research led me to this article from  LoveBird Breeding Tips and Mutation Guide . This article explained the reason behind the unexpected result of breeding back to back Euwing African LoveBirds.  The back story is based on a breeding pair intended to produce Green Euwing Opaline LoveBird s. The breeding pair used was a Green Euwing Split-Opaline Cock paired to a Green Euwing Hen. This breeding pair is projected to produce Green Euwing Split-Opaline Sons, Green Euwing Opaline Daug

WattaBird! Understanding the Split-Opaline genetics in African LoveBirds

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WattaBird! Understanding the Split-Opaline  genetics in African LoveBirds This topic is basic knowledge for an experienced African LoveBirds Breeder, but can be confusing and sometimes causes some misunderstanding for newbie Breeders. “If You have any questions, suggestions, or topics to discuss, please leave a comment below.” For this article, I will try to provide some useful references to ensure that you know what to take note and what to watch out for when sourcing for a Split-Opaline African LoveBird . Using a Split-Opaline Cock for your breeding program depends a lot on a trustworthy source for your African LoveBird cock (Split-Opaline). Therefore, you have to source your Split-Opaline Cock from a reputable and trustworthy Breeder or Aviary. Using a Split-Opaline Cock for your breeding program will also be budget friendly (You know what I mean). It is important to note that only the  Cock can be Split-Opaline . Since the Opaline gene is a Sex-Linked , please take note that th

WattaBird! OPALINE Mutation in African LoveBirds

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WattaBird! OPALINE Mutation in African LoveBirds The  Opaline African LoveBird  is a mutation which is characterized by the facial mask extending fully to cover from head up to the shoulders (full hood) of an African LoverBird. The rump color will be the same as the body and the tips of the tail will be the same color as the hood. The Opaline gene is Sex-Linked . This means that Sex-Linked  inheritance in African LoveBirds are traits that are carried in the genetic chromosomes that also determines the sex of the offspring.  Since the Opaline trait is sex-linked, daughters will N EVER be Split-Opaline . Daughters can only be either Visual Opaline or Normal. Sons on the other hand can be, Visual Opaline or Split-Opaline . “If You have any questions, suggestions, or topics to discuss, please leave a comment below.” To learn more about the Opaline Breeding chart, please visit the  WattaBird Breeding Chart: Opaline in African LoveBirds WattaBird Gallery: Opaline Mutations on ALB2 (Eye Ri

WattaBird! Health and Nutrition for African LoveBirds

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WattaBird! Health and Nutrition for African LoveBirds  Caring for our dear African LoveBirds should be taken with utmost importance. We should continuously learn and update ourselves with knowledge on LoveBirds Health and Nutritional needs. It will be a shame if we only feed our LoveBirds to keep them alive. Our goal should be to help our LoveBirds grow healthy and flourish. Therefore, we have to give our LoveBirds a well-balanced diet. “If You have any questions, suggestions, or topics to discuss, please leave a comment below.” A well-balanced diet should include: 1. Mixed Seeds and Grains Mixed Seeds and Grains are the most common feeds available in my nearest Pet shop.  I prefer mixed seeds and grains from well-known brands since the mixture goes through special formulation to meet a well-balanced diet specific to African LoveBirds nutritional requirements.  Mixed Seeds and Grains contain different combinations of white millet, yellow millet, black millet, red sorghum, canary seeds,