Re: Michael L. or anyone who knows genetics...
Posted by jill on 9/13/05
On 9/13/05, Michael L wrote:
> On 9/13/05, jill wrote:
>> i have read some of the things you have posted in the past
>> and you seem to know a bit about genetics. i have two
>> albinos. they seem to really like each other. what would
>> happen if they breed? would the babies be deformed? would
>> they be any other color besides albino? thanks in advance,
> That is a great question that many people wonder about.
> Albino is a recessive, sex-linked mutation. So to breed two
> true Albino birds, you would only get male/female Albino
> Whether or not to do this is debatable. True Albino birds
> have the red eyes which can be light sensitive. There are
> dark-eyed whites that are often mistaken as Albino just
> because it is a pure white bird. Most dark-eyed whites or
> clear whites are actually very heavy pied birds void of
> In certain species of birds, such as the cockatiel, albino
> (blue series) or lutino (green series) birds have some
> feather issues which include poor feather quality and bald
> Genetically, two recessives don't produce the best offspring
> or sometimes the healthiest.
> If you were determined to breed two white birds, I would
> suggest a dark-eyed white and an albino rather than two
> albino birds. This way you would have the possibility of
> some different colored chicks as well as white, and you
> not be encouraging possibly genetically defective chicks
> which may die or be born with birth defects.
> Michael L
thank you so much....i think i'll sex these two and separate
them accordingly. sounds like a much better idea as they are
both red eyed. thanks again, jill