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Re: Michael L. or anyone who knows genetics...

Posted by jill on 9/13/05
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    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,
    >> jill
    > Jill,
    > 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
    > chicks.
    > 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
    > color.
    > 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
    > spots.
    > 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