Friday, June 17, 2011

"Striking" Parrotlet Mutations

Hi Sandee,

Thanks so much for taking the time to call me. I think that
after all is said and done, this is what I would like to do:

I would like to get on your waiting list for a "striking" blue
mutation and an American yellow mutation - both males, unless
you can come up with a reputable breeder who has Lutinos. The
problem I forsee with finding a Lutino, is that the chance of
finding and adopting a Lutino and one of your blue mutations at
the same time is pretty small. Because you are so obviously
knowledgable about these beautiful little birds, I will go with
what you think best. Are any of the double factor mutations
particulary striking? If, so I would consider a male from that
category. I know that your waiting list is long so I will try
very hard not to be impatient.

I am very grateful that I found your website early on and it was
a pleasure to talk with you. Thanks again for your time and I
will continue to follow up on my own reading and other research
so that I can do these beautiful little guys justice when I
finally get them.


Dear Sue:

It was a pleasure talking to you. Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of the beholder. A "striking' bird to you, may not be one to me. Indeed, I prefer a normal green Pacific over any mutation. I also breed for conformation and vigor not pretty colors. Indeed, in exhibition, coloring is the LEAST important factor and is given only a small number of points - far behind conformation and condition. These are the qualities I breed for. Also, unlike dogs, birds change color as they age and molt. The color of the bird at the time of weaning is not the color the bird will be when it is an adult. Also, the number of mutated genes such as a single or double factor has nothing to do with how the bird appears visually unless it is a new color. This is because these are recessive mutations and unless they combine for form a new color such as dilute-blue or albino, you can't see the mutation. If you want a dilute-blue, albino, fallow-blue or any of the other combination mutations, again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you want a particular combination mutation then let me know. I can't make that decision for you.

I have placed your name on my reservation list. Feel free to contact me

Sincerely yours,

Sandee L. Molenda, C.A.S.
The Parrotlet Ranch, Owner,

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