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December 1, 2022

Breed the violet colour in conures


Hi how do you breed/make violet conures. I have a breeding pair of turquoise conures could i breed their babies with a pinapple to make the violet colour for example?


Answer:

Hi Marina,

I am not an expert on the Green Cheek mutations by any means. The best thing to do is get in touch with a breeder who breeds this mutation. There are genetic charts that can calculate the outcome. However, you must know for sure the background of your birds, and most of the time, you won’t be able to know more than one generation back. People get surprises all the time with green cheek conures because of the way they have been mass produced. Much like budgies, lovebirds and cockatiels, you often have no idea what you might get. You can calculate it to a certain extent with the help of an expert, but the odd mutation is still likely to hatch from time to time. I once had a cockatiel pair that had every indication of being normal grey mutations, and every chick they hatched ended up being a lutino pearl!

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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