Showing posts from April, 2012

Alexandrine Mutations Project: G1 Chicks

This post relates to my Alexandrine Mutations Project. If you are new to my blog you should start reading about this project  here . Father: Normal Alexandrine Mother: Albino Indian Ringneck G1 Chicks: Hatched 3,4 & 8th April 2012 12, 11 and 7 days old 23, 22 and 18 days old Banded SAUD-121, SAUD-122 and SAUD-123 30 days old 34 days Old Not showing any sign of shoulder patch yet 43, 42 and 38 days old A very faint shoulder patch can be seen on close examination June 7, 2012: The DNA results are in. I have two males and one female. Exactly what I was hoping for. July 27, 2012 Chicks are now 16 weeks old. They are showing good size and are significantly larger than pure Ringnecks. The shoulder patches however remain faint and can only be seen on close inspection. The three chicks and their father at the bottom. The father is going through a moult. Compare the size of the chicks to that of the father. The three chicks, their

Alexandrine Mutations Project: Year 2 (2012)

This post relates to my Alexandrine Mutations Project. If you are new to my blog you should start reading about this project here . To summarize, I paired up a normal Alexandrine cock to an albino ringneck hen last year to start my alexandrine mutations project. The hen laid 10 eggs in two clutches but all eggs were infertile. Here's what happened this year.   The pair was moved to a breeding cage in preparation for the 2012 season in September 2011. The birds were still bonded, perching together and the male feeding the hen. They however showed no interest in the nest box. As the breeding season peaked, the hen started to flirt with me again. She would jump to the cage floor and approach the feeding area where I would be refreshing their food and water dishes. She would then assume a mating position and make a cooing sound. I would ignore her and carry on with my tasks. The male would sit on the perch and watch the hen very closely. He was not very happy at the situation but

Alexandrine Mutations Project: Year 1 (2011)

I have written a few articles on breeding Alexandrine mutations including the Lutino  and Blue mutations. These articles were based on internet research and my own knowledge of genetics. I practically started working on this project in Aug 2010 by paring a normal Alexandrine male to an Albino Indian ring-neck hen. This allows me to get started on both the blue and lutino mutations simultaneously. All chicks from this pairing will be useful in the next generation. The males will be useful for the lutino project and the females for the blue Alexandrine project. The hen was bred in Jan 2009 from a blue ringneck pair where the cock was split to ino. She was hand raised from 3 weeks old and was a tame bird when weaned. I wanted to keep her as a breeder and stopped handling her soon after weaning. She still does not fear humans like other birds and always comes close to me during feeding time. The male was purchased in July 2010 as a young adult approximately two year old with his neck