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Old 05-03-2014, 11:44 PM
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Re: Cockatiel - Mutation Help

Frankie is adorable. I love the hairs on his face lol!
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Old 05-03-2014, 11:50 PM
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Re: Cockatiel - Mutation Help

Heavy pied baby! Too early to tell the sex yet unless you know the genes of the parents.
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Re: Cockatiel - Mutation Help

He does look heavy That's the first thing we noticed about him. They just stopped weaning him about 2 weeks ago, so he hasn't really gotten rid of the baby weight yet.

Kay, your pieds are adorable! I really hope Rye keeps the grey on his face. It makes him look so unique
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Old 05-04-2014, 12:17 PM
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Re: Cockatiel - Mutation Help

He should keep the grey on his face. I think it is adorable too. The ones with the grey on their face are sometimes know as "dirty faced pieds" and I think it is very cute and it typically stays.

Also, he looks like he is a good, healthy weight. I am sure MikeyTN was referring to him being heavily pied (lots of grey) not a comment on his weight.
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Re: Cockatiel - Mutation Help

Either way, being heavy wasn't an insult At least not yet.

I just spent two hours on the birdsafe store buying all sorts of natural goodies. Now I have to wait for them to arrive so I can make Rye an activity mat.
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Old 05-04-2014, 02:49 PM
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Re: Cockatiel - Mutation Help

LoL....I would of call it plump instead of heavy in that case....
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Re: Cockatiel - Mutation Help

Hey now, no eating my plump little Rye bird.
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Old 05-04-2014, 04:35 PM
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Re: Cockatiel - Mutation Help

Those are interesting markings. Very beautiful.
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Old 05-04-2014, 05:29 PM
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Re: Cockatiel - Mutation Help

Sounds like he is going to be one happy spoiled birdie!!
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Old 05-06-2014, 06:33 AM
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Re: Cockatiel - Mutation Help

Ditto on the pied! I would say that Rye is a light pied! (not too many areas that are clear/yellow - Rye is more grey than yellow)


As mentioned, there is no way to visually sex pieds via their facial feathers. My two pied hens (pied and cinnamon pearl pied) both have clear faces, and both lay eggs! What you need to watch for is the bars on the tail and rump feathers (staying if female, disappearing if male) and spots in flight feathers (males will lose spots, females keep spots on the outer primaries). However, I've heard that even this isn't always accurate in pieds!
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