The Shades Of Lutino

In order to understand the how the shades of lutino are produced it is necessary to go back to the basics and look at the three recognised shades of blue in the splendid. We have Seagreen, Pastel blue and White breasted.

Sea Green Lutino Coc

The Colour Sea Green is the first step away from the normal green, the overall body colour in hens and cocks is that the backs and wing covers are almost as normal but have a slight blue hue. The under body is lemon instead of the yellow of the normal and the bib of the cock is bright orange instead if red. The bib of the cock probably is the most noticeable part of the colour change.

Then the second recognised colour is Pastel blue. Easily distinguished from the Seagreen because the overall body colour is a definite shade of blue and the under parts are definite cream not lemon as the Seagreen and the bib of the cock pastel orange.

White Breasted Blue Lutino Cock

The bluest of the three shades is the white breast. Unfortunately this is not a true blue although both cocks and hens are blue all over apart from the under belly which is white and the bib of the cock is also white extending down to the white underbelly.

By adding any of these three shades of blue to the Lutino it is possible to change the Lutino form the bright yellow of the normal Lutino to almost a white bird.

Very fine full red fronted

The most recent development to the Lutino Splendid is the development of the full red fronted Lutino, This is a very difficult mutation to reproduce. As the full red chest of this mutation is an accumulative mutation, one would expect by paring the most reddest birds together the amount of red could be increased or at least held. But it appears to be more complex than that. In percentage wise 20% will be better than the parents 60% about the same and the others will show very little colour and the birds that show little colour will not carry any hidden genes to pass onto there youngsters. By introducing the cinnamon factor the intensity of the actual Red colour is increased. What is certain is that birds leaving the nest must already carry the intense red it does not develop later in life.

Both of these birds are young cock Lutino’s just about to leave the nest. One will make a very good Red fronted bird the other will never show more red than it is now all throughout its life.

Middle of the range red fronted youngster and a normal lutino bird 24 days old.