Mutations/Colours in the BR23 stud
For my main line I don't look at colour so it is kind of a mix. But for the rest I seem to be turning into a breeder of a few rare mutations.
(All pictures on this page are from own bred birds.)
I do like a nice cinnamon, especially with a dark factor added to it to counter act the paler body colour.
Cinnamon is ubiquitous in the main line. Even in my entire stud you need to look hard for a bird that doesn't carry the cinnamon factor.
I'm not a big fan of opaline. Perhaps because opalines tend to be more flecked. A clean real opaline could possibly be a nice bird.
Opaline is present in a high percentage in the main line. It will probably diminish as I'm trying to control flecking. But with possibly my best bird being opaline cinnamon it will stick around for a while.
I do like a good blue, but equaly like a good green.
Blue is present in a high percentage in the main line.
Australian Yellow Face
I'm not a fan of this yellow face variety. The double factor can be attractive though.
Australian Yellow Face is present in a high percentage, perhaps even more so than blue. It all comes from that one 2008 pair GOVAYF.
(A dominant pied)
I can't really see the attractiveness of the Australian pied.
Australian pied is present in some lesser birds. I will probably get some better ones from the William Dierickx outcrosses in 2013.
When I first started with budgerigars as a boy, I prefered the greys. Now I feel the greys and grey greens are rather a dull colour.
Grey is only present in a few birds, all lesser ones. This will probably increase with the William Dierickx outcrosses for 2013.
Getting rid of all the undulating marks could be seen as denying the budgerigar, but I do like a few buttercup yellow red-eyes.
Ino is in decline and was never really established. I'm planning to develop an ino colour line: CL/INO.
A visual violet is for a lot of people one of the brightest en best colours you can get on a budgerigar. I can only agree.
The violet factor is present in a few main birds, though never in a visual form.
(aka recessive pied)
When it comes to pieds the Danish pied is by far my favourite.
Danish pied was hiding in my stud from the start due to the original VAYF hen. As of 2012 I've started to develop them and will continue to do so in 2013.
I do like the colour gradient that is typical for the fallow. They are not yet up to a decent quality: a challenge.
By accident I discovered fallow hiding in a few of my birds as splits. I've kept breeding with the splits to normals so fallow kept under the covers until I revived it in 2012. I will develop a colour line: CL/FAL.
More on fallows on http://fallowbudgies.schilduil.org/
I find a good marked spangle a beauty to the eye.
Spangle and I just didn't seem to mix until I bred 2 cocks and 6 hens from a white double factor spangle from the partnership Buggenhout-Vanderbrigge and about half of them ended up in the breeding team.