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Yep really does sound like (and look like) Lacewing is a cock. And from other photo's looks to be opaline to me so yes Lacewing hen babies and if the cock is indeed opaline then lacewing opaline hen babies - opaline also being a sex linked gene.

 

I try and steer clear of lacewing/spangle pairing as the spangle lacewing combo is not an allowable one on the showbench. Although some of the spangles are so strong these days it's tempting to put them in sometimes. At least you know the spangle is a dominant gene so the babies will either show spangle or not and will not hide them in the split form.

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Really! I thought spangle was the preferred marking for a lacewing which is why I had that thought, what should I be using then?

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Spangle markings will actually reduce the cinnamon markings, washing out the "lacewing" markings. And if the lacewing spangle is recognisably a spangle then as it is not an allowable combination with lacewing it can't be shown.

 

Have a look in the standard. Lacewing can only be shown as a normal or opaline, spangle can only be shown as a greywing, cinnamonwing, opaline, fallow or yellow face.

 

You can use a good normal, opaline, cinnamon or cinnamon opaline which should give you some good scope. Better if you can make it a dark factor to try and intensify the yellow colouring that's good too. The only concern with opalines is that often as a lacewing you can really notice the clear yellow thumbprint shaped patch in the middle of their wing.

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okay so sounds like a normal is the way to go, I can do that :D Should I be going with a cinnamon or a dark marked bird?

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Well I have found using normals to be just fine apart from a tendancy for some suffusion to creep in. Using Cinnamons dilutes out the body colour and keeps the suffusion at bay but sometimes you can lose the strong buttercup yellow colouring that is needed.

 

Personally I have been happy using either normals or cinnamons (either normal or opaline) but seeing as I have very strong cinnamons I tend to use those more. I am trying to keep to normals rather than opalines these days as my wing markings have sufferred a bit with the damn thumb patch marking.

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got any thoughts about what you're considering pairing him up with MB?

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You probably dont need this jimmy but I will post anyway, I remember you posted this ages ago and everyone said hen, but now everyone seems to be changing their minds. I think its a cock, if the bird has had the same cere all its life then I definitely think its a cock.

 

Lacewing cock to normal hen = Lacewing hens, Normal cocks / lacewing.

Lacewing hen to normal cock = Normal cocks / lacewing, normal hens.

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I have a light green normal hen who I think would be a good pair. She is the mum to my lovely cinny chick who is looking very promising :wub:

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sounds good :budgiedance: whatever you decide I'll be happy with... I'm just looking forward to finding out if it's a male or female...

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