On 9/26/06, Clyve wrote:
> They are not mules. They are hybrids. Frowned upon by
> those who appreciate pure bloodlines, and are against
> creating new mutations. Mainly because the lines are muddied
> and color combinations not as striking on the norm.
> However, it's happened in natural as well as controlled
> environments for many years. Nobody has proven that these
> combinations are not able to produce their own offspring.
> Masked and Fischers have been put together by many.
> What do you plan to do with the babies? Will you continue to
> allow them to colonize and breed with the rest?
I am one of those 'purists" but I have many more reasons for
taking on the label of 'purist'.
Yes, your chicks are now hybrids, not mules.
""""""What are the reasons why mules are frowned upon? What
Charistics do do
They portray? Is there a risk of getting deformities or
What should I expect? How should we handle our mis matches?""""
First of all, Much more important than ' muddied up' the most
important thing to know is that different species and
subspecies of lovebirds and other different species and
subspecies of parrots have different personalities. There is no
guarantee concerning the personality of intermixed parrots nor
is the color of the offspring . Personality problems in itself
can possibly cause later problems. This also applies to other
types of parrots. With certain parrots, no matter how hard it's
tried, breeding is impossible but with other species of parrots
interbreeding is possible. When it is possible to do that the
main reason is a more beautiful and colorful bird. It's not a
good idea to breed birds that have different personalities and
it has to do with possible medical conditions, possible
aggressive behavior, self mutalations and other situations that
are possibly detrimental not only to the bird but also to new
owners who have to eventually have to deal with these problems.
Sopmetimes, nothing will happen and sometimes things will
happen either good or bad. It's a coin toss. Just because it
can be done by parrot owners doesn't mean that it's a good idea
to do it.
"""""""However, it's happened in natural as well as controlled
Environments for many years."""""""
There is absolutely no scientific proof that any species and
sub species of lovebirds will mate with each other in the wild.
There is no scientific proof that a B/G macaw will mate with a
scarlet macaw in the wild but it can be accomplished when
people are involved. That applies to all macaws and many
problems have been created by the interbreeding of these macaws
There is no scientific proof that in the wild, a double yellow
headed amazon will mate with yellow crowned amazon or a yellow
naped amazon. Nor will any other subspecies of amazon try to
mate with another subspecies of amazon and it can't be
accomplished even when people try to pull that off.
There is no scientific proof that a certain grey cockatiel will
mate with any other type of cockatiel in the wild. All
cockatiel hybrids were created by people.
In the wild there is no scientific proof that different species
and subspecies of finches will mate with each other. It can be
done by people but that doesn't make it right. The same thing
applies to canaries.
In the wild there is no scientific proof that a Lesser Sulpher
Cockatoo will mate with a Greater Sulpher Cockatoo even though
they look like twins of each other.
In the wild there's no scientific proof that a Congo african
grey will try to mate with a Timneh african grey. It's been
tried by people but very little success has occurred.
There's nothing wrong with selling your lovebird chicks but the
responsible thing to do is tell potential owners that future
breeding of those chicks isn't a good idea because of the
unknown that possibly lurks by doing that.-----Dave