Good breeding diet for cockatiels
Posted 03 February 2012 - 12:29 PM
And the last thing......does anyone know how to produce the pearl or pied mutation???They are as expensive as albinos here.......
Thanks in advance!!!!
Posted 05 February 2012 - 03:09 PM
With the pied mutation, both parents must carry the gene (visually or split) in order to get any pied chicks.
With the pearl mutation, you only need to have the father carry the gene in order to get pearl offspring. However, unless you get a young male or take in an older male that has lost his pearls, or deal with a breeder who keeps tracks of his lines, there's no way to tell if a mature male is pearl or split.
Whiteface and pied are both recessive mutations, so both parents must carry the gene to pass it onto their offspring.
Lutino and pearl are both sex-linked genes so only the father needs to have the gene in order to produce female offspring of that color. If you want male offspring of the same color, the hen also needs to carry the mutation (visually, as she cannot be split).
A good 'breeders diet' is an increase in protein and calcium, particularly for the hen. Extra protein and calcium can be given in the form of 33% legumes to 66% grains (cooked for human consumption or sprouted), along with cooked eggs and a variety of healthy vegetables. (15% legumes, 30% grains, 45% vegetables and 10% fruits is recommended for the 'maintenance' diet, not to include treats and dry foods).
Posted 05 February 2012 - 05:36 PM
also....by the looks of my female lemontop...she has some stray brown marks on her outer flight feathers on her wings and has dark yellow patches that's easily visible.....all over her body. Can she be a lutino pied by any chance???i'll try to upload some photos of her to help you.....
Posted 05 February 2012 - 06:56 PM
Lemontop might be a pearl, possibly even cinnamon pearl lutino, however would need to see photos of her. If the patches are too dark, she might not be lutino at all.
Posted 06 February 2012 - 03:27 PM
Another question.........i have 3 cockatiels in the cage i told you about......lemontop and birdy became bonded when the nestbox was inside.....but when i took it out....birdy doesn't bother spending time with her.....i see that he flirts with both(hopcorn and lemontop) and even mates with both.When he was bonded to lemontop...he used to chase hopcorn around the cage and bite him/her.Now he doesn't bite him at all and even mates with him!!!!
Is this normal?!?!?!?!I knew that cockatiels are monogamous but this is something out of the box for me....
Thanks in advance!!
Posted 06 February 2012 - 08:41 PM
It does sound like you may have two hens and one male, otherwise two males who aren't particularly picky (had two male budgies who tried to mate with each other, but neither one wanted to be the "hen").
Sounds like quite the drama going on there! Can't wait to see the pictures!
Posted 07 February 2012 - 08:38 PM
Or going to a free image hosting website and uploading there. I've used Photobucket, Flickr and a few others.
As for profile image, you can upload one via this link. Just make sure to follow the guidelines of an image that is 200x200 pixels or 64 Kb (whichever is smaller)
Posted 12 February 2012 - 04:51 AM
I can't really discern who's who, but they all look like lutinos with one(?) that appears to be cinnamon, too? (that is, if the lutino isn't just a 'dirty bird')
Comparison of fallow and cinnamon lutino
Comparison.Recessive silver to fallow
Fallow Cinnamon Pearl
Cinnamon Lurino male
Fallows and SFDS
Srtiels is actually better with cockatiel mutations in general so she could probably give you a better idea!
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