My next goal for my aviary is to produce a quality lacewings. Lacewings are a mix of both ino (albino or lutino) and cinnamon. I would like to have white or albino lacewings appose to yellow or lutino ones. I would like to have a bird with strong cinnamon markings on the wings and cheek patches. I'm not to concerned about body color but I think a faint blue, violet or grey would be nice.
I haven't found any lacewings in my area so I have decided to breed my own. I have a couple of birds with ino genes and cinnamon genes. I have talked to a couple of people that have bred their own lacewings and have read up on breeding lacewing. I'm still not 100% positive about how to go about doing so but I'm going to take a go at it. I understand that it will take years and years to produce a quality pair of lacewings. But I feel like I'm up to the challenge.
I thought people would be interested in how I will go about breeding this rare and challenging color mutation. This post will cover the entire process. It will be a long process that will take years to finish but I feel it will be educational for both me and everyone else.
So I guess I will start with listing off the birds I plan on breeding.
Ginger: normal, cinnamon, olive green
Cindy: opaline, cinnamon, blue, grey, violet, yellow face type two
Zeus: (english) spangle, sky blue, split for ino
Dusty: opaline, sky blue, violet, grey, yellow face type two
Otis: spangle, dominant pied, skyblue, violet maybe split for ino
I will take any advice anyone wants to give me about breeding lacewings. But for now I will go through my breeding plan step by step.
I will breed these two pairs this fall. Hopefully I will get the chicks I'm looking for.
breed Zeus and Sonya to get one female and one male chick
breed Dusty and Ginger to get one female and one male chick
Then I would have
breed the ino female to the cinnamon male to produce lacewing males and cinnamon females
breed the ino male to the cinnamon female to produce lacewing males and ino females
Here is my guess on step three
breed a lacewing male to cinnamon a hen to produce lacewing males and females
breed a lacewing male to ino a hen to produce lacewing males and females
After that I'm lost. Any advise would be great. Thanks to anyone who helps me through this process. I need help with the next step I don't want to inbreed my birds so I will have to use my other birds to ensure this doesn't happen. I am not appose to line breeding but not sure how to mix the genes. I'm not sure how to do this without the lacewing gene disappearing.