We have concluded our budgie breeding program. I have left up the information about Lacewings because I might do one last Lacewing breeding in 2019. I will post more information, if and when I decide to do that.
Long Term Plans: Lacewings
A lutino cock
We have decided to try to create the elusive combination of cinnamon and 'ino, which is known as a lacewing. A lacewing is a red eyed parakeet with no body color (other than white or yellow), but showing faint brown wing markings. It is achieved when the cinnamon gene and the ino gene recombine to attach themselves to the same X chromosome.
The first step in this process is to breed an ino with a cinnamon. But that doesn't produce any lacewing chicks, it produces male chicks who are split to cinnamon and split to ino. (Called double splits.) There are a few other steps to follow, so this will be a multi-generational goal.
Any type of ino budgies can be used, whether they are lutino, albino, or creamino. Here is a link to some images of lacewing budgies.
After I breed some double split males, those will be bred to cinnamon hens. Then if the crossover occurs, lacewing could be visible in the hen chicks, or the male chicks could be split to it. Test breeding of those males will show whether or not they are.
A cinnamon hen
In 2013, we completed the first step, which is to produce the double split males. We kept two boys from our 2013 pairing of Adrian and Aveline.
Adrian and Aveline's two boys, both split to ino and cinnamon:
In 2015, we worked on the second step of this plan. We have chicks from both of these boys, who we used in step three of the plan, in 2016, which was to test breed them to find out if they are split to the crossed over genes. We are continuing to test breed the rest of those boys in 2017. So far, we have tested 7 of them, and finally, in February of 2017, we have found out that one of them has the crossover!
Aislin's son Neon is paired with an albino hen, and they have three red-eyed chicks in their nest! We will not know if those chicks are male or female until they are older. Only the females will have lacewing markings. But the red-eyed males will be carrying the recessive gene in hidden form.
We are so excited that after 5 years (when I bought Adrian as a baby to begin this plan in 2012), we have finally achieved success!
Lacey, our first ever Lacewing budgie!
She is a yf2.
You can see that Lacey has cinnamon markings around her eyes, on her wings, and her throat spots are also cinnamon.
And she has a cinnamon tail.
I realize that when I write about the colors and mutations of my budgies I am assuming the reader already has a basic grasp of what I am talking about. But if you are new to budgie colors, there are some resources on my links page that can help you out. Also, since this is one of my favorite subjects, I encourage you to contact us with your questions, and I would be more than happy to help you learn budgie genetics.