Recessive Pieds

The progress which Recessive Pieds have made in recent years is an indication of what can be done when top breeders focus their attention on a recessive variety.

So what are the best pairings for Recessive Pieds? There is no getting away from the fact that this variety – like all others – will only make progress if the best stock available is used from the outset. Thankfully, because of breeders like Roy and Joyce Stringer, Ghalib Al-Nasser and his former partner, Ron Bissell, stock is available for those who wish to try this once neglected variety.

Wherever possible, Recessive Pied Recessive Pied matings will certainly produce numbers from which the best can be selected for further use – but they must have plenty of size and good head qualities. The closer they are to good Normals, the better. Careful attention also needs to be given to wing markings, which will be penalised by judges if less than 10% or more than 20%.

Recessive Pied breeders have gone about improving their birds by carefully outcrossing them with Normals – but not Cinnamons, which obviously will dilute the markings of any Recessive Pieds bred in this way. Many of the best Recessive Pieds have been produced from Recessive Pied Normal/Recessive Pied and Normal/Recessive Pied Normal/Recessive Pied pairings. Quality can be much better when splits are used, but the number of Recessive Pied produced is low – just 25% of any offspring are likely to be Recessive Pieds, according to theoretical expectations, when Normal/Recessive Pied Normal/Recessive Pied are paired together. The breeder also has the problem of not knowing which of the Normals produced are split for Recessive Pied.

Editor’s note: Further information on Recessive Pieds can be found in the Specialist section

Original text: Copyright 1997, Brian Byles

Back to Popular Budgie Varieties

Leave a Comment