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I have a pair of cockatiels that have successfully laid and hatched their first clutch of eggs. The first baby was born on May 24th, the last baby was born on May 30th! There are 4 total (they laid 5 eggs and 1 was infertile). I'm new to raising cockatiel babies, but I got into looking at different mutations as I realized 1 of the chicks has red eyes. I'd love to know if anyone knows what the parent mutations might be from looking (I think mom is a white face, dad is a grey/pied split, maybe with a gene for lutino hence the red eyed baby) Rex is a real sweetheart, she loves her head scritches. Pikachu does not want touched, but he loves being talked to. They're both fantastic parents, though she didn't let him sit on the eggs too often. He does a LOT of feeding and care for the chicks. Nest box is getting cleanouts every other day which gives me a better chance of getting a good look at the growth for all babies. We've also got a camera in there to help keep an eye on things, make sure everyone is healthy and developing properly.

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this was during the last nest box clean-up 3 days ago. Both parents came over to feed the chicks with us right there, weren't angry or defensive which was a relief- they're very protective when they're in the box, but it needed some serious tlc and drying time.

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these are the babies today- 3 of them have the black eyes, the 4th has red. They're growing so fast! Right now they are not fans of being handled, I'm hoping to keep working with them to change that! <3
 

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The red-eyed baby is a lutino girl. Dad is split to lutino, and all your lutino chicks will be girls. A lutino mother is required to to get a lutino boy, and mom isn't lutino.

I don't see any whiteface babies. A whiteface baby has white down, and your chicks all have yellow down. If dad is split to whiteface it will be possible to get WF babies, but so far he hasn't shown that he has the split.

Both parents are at least split to pied, so pied chicks are possible. I can't see enough of the parents to tell whether they're split pied or visual pied.

It's too early to tell what color any of the babies are, except for the lutino girl. If you get any cinnamon or pearl chicks, it will mean that dad is split to that mutation and the baby is a girl. Cinnamon, pearl and lutino are sex-linked mutations, and they all follow the same inheritance rules.
 

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Welcome to the forum! Your story sounds SO similar to mine with our first clutch! We also had four chicks and one dud. That is a VERY nice looking set of parents you have there! That pied hen ( with the yellow crest ) looks JUST like our hen Woody that laid our 2nd and 3rd successful clutches. Since you have a chick that has red eyes, that's VERY interesting as that indicates a Lutino mutation must have been involved somewhere down the line as they are known for red eyes. By all means please post more pictures of your babies as they get older.
 

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Thank you so much for your responses! I actually wanted to share videos with the chicks/parents but didn't have time earlier to get them uploaded to google drive so I could link it! My female is the all grey and white, the male has the yellow and red in him. I love learning more about cockatiels, I've been doing a LOT of research since they started mating and a lot of the info I got came from different sections of this forum. Figured it was time to register and join in! :) I'm sharing a link to a google drive folder for my cockatiels- there are a handful of pictures and 2 videos in the folder right now. I'm looking forward to the little ones getting their feathers!

Cockatiels - Google Drive
 

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Thanks for YOUR response! I will be sure and check out your link. As I'm sure your already aware, it sure won't take long to see those baby feathers! It's downright amazing how fast these birds can grow in 3 or 4 weeks!!!
 

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It really is amazing how fast they grow! Seeing how much bigger they are day by day, opening their eyes and starting to stand up more rather than wobbling around. Checking in on them every day feels like Christmas morning as a child- a sense of magic and wonder, excitement at what I'm going to see.
 

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Babies are curious, still somewhat wary but they warm up to attention quickly! They're up and waddling around, preening, stretching their wings <3
 

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That lutino female with the red eyes is really going to be special! That's the one mutation I've never had.......YET! LOL!
 

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It looks like you have at least one pied chick - the one with dark eyes and a tiny little yellow crest starting to come in. Pied chicks have yellow crests more often than not. Normal grey chicks have dark crests.
 

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These babies grow so fast <3 look so different every time we bring them out!
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Above is Tuesday, below is today!

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Above is yesterday, below is today. The two oldest are busy practicing their flaps and getting curious about the world outside of their box!
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