Breeding red eye lutinos

by Riyazul
(Sri Lanka)

I enjoyed reading your site and I have an unsolved question which rose during the breeding period. It is:

Can two red eye Lutinos from different bloodlines, be put together for breeding? Hope you will solve my problem with details. Thank you

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Jan 20, 2012
Thanks a lot
by: Riyazul

Dear Linda,
Your article was a great help to me. You had clearly mentioned each and every thing that I needed to know and am really grateful. And also, the site that you recommended was indeed helpful.

Thank you very much,

Jan 19, 2012
Breeding red eye lutinos
by: Linda

It is not a good idea to do this kind of breeding because of both being lutinos. The best way to breed with the lutinos and other mutations, is to breed a lutino to a normal colored bird. When this breeding is done, a percentage will come out lutino, and the rest will be what is called "split" to lutino and will look normal though when they are bred to another normal colored bird, they will produce a larger percentage of the lutino birds.

This type of breeding for any of the mutations or hybrids is the safest, most effective way to get healthy birds both physically, mentally and genetically.

Here is a link to a site where the genetics of all the different mutations, hybrids and so forth are discussed at length. It is called "Beginning Genetics" and is very interesting.

As for the breeding I talked about in the beginning, I've done this with Cockatiels where male was white or lutino and female was a normal gray Cockatiel. When we had our first nest using them, 3 babies looked normal gray and one was a white lutino. We sold all the babies, so don't know what percentage of lutinos we would have seen in further breeding with them. All the Gray normal colored babies were "split" to lutino and would produce lutino babies when mated with a normal female or male. This applies to Pieds and all the other variations with Cockatiels and holds true with other species as well. You get stronger babies using this breeding technique than putting two mutations together because in those breedings, too many recessive characteristics are found in the babies leading to unhealthy, sickly adult birds.


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