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CINNAMON & FAWN PAIRINGS

There is cinnamon in most varieties of canaries, it can cause confusion even in the most experienced breeder. Cinnamon is usually used to improve feather quality in  normals or reduce feather bulk. Cinnamon is a sex linked gene and can be passed on from either the father or mother. The sex of the young produced that will or will not have the cinnamon gene will depend on the level of cinnamon being carried by the father and mother. Below is some pairings and the expected young produced.

(A green hen or cock represents a normal carrying no cinnamon or cinnamon markings)

CINNAMON COCK  X   GREEN HEN
OFFSPRING
GREEN CINNAMON CARRYING COCKS
CINNAMON HENS

All of the cinnamon marked from this pairing will be hens.  All of the cocks will be normal marked but will carry the cinnamon gene. The cinnamon marked will have pink eyes and the normal marked will have dark eyes.

GREEN COCK   X  CINNAMON HEN
OFFSPRING
GREEN CINNAMON CARRIER COCKS
GREEN HENS

The normal marked hens from this pairing will not carry any cinnamon but normal marked cocks will carry cinnamon , no young from this pairing will show any cinnamon markings.

GREEN CINNAMON CARRIER COCK  X  GREEN HEN
OFFSPRING
GREEN CINNAMON CARRIER COCKS
CINNAMON HENS
GREEN COCKS
GREEN HENS

All cinnamon marked from this pairing will be hens and all of the normal marked hens will not carry any cinnamon. It is not possible to tell which normal marked cocks are carrying cinnamon until they are test mated and do or do not produce cinnamon. It could take several years for a cinnamon carrying cock from this pairing to show that he is carrying cinnamon.

GREEN CINNAMON CARRYING COCK  X CINNAMON  HEN
OFFSPRING
GREEN CINNAMON CARRYING COCKS
CINNAMON COCKS
CINNAMON HENS
GREEN HENS

The normal marked hens from this pairing will not carry any cinnamon. The cinnamon marked could be either cocks or hens .

CINNAMON COCK  X  CINNAMON HEN
OFFSPRING
CINNAMON COCKS
CINNAMON HENS

All young from this pairing will be cinnamons.


NOTE

Confusion can arise when the cinnamon gene is in a clear bird. It is a good idea to trim the hairs on the top of a chicks head when it is in the nest and has pink eyes incase it is a clear bird with no cinnamon markings.  A note can then be kept on the ring number for future reference
Also type should be the first consideration when making up cinnamon pairings because use of cinnamon pairings without considering type will lead to loss of type and very fine feathered birds over a period of time.


FAWNS


A mutation occurs when cinnamon is bred with white ground birds, this is called fawn. Below is some examples of pairings with a dominant white ground bird that may produce fawns and some pairings of fawns and the young they may produce.


(Note a dominant bird represents a white ground bird and a  green bird represents a normal ground )

DOMINANT BLUE COCK  X  CINNAMON HEN
OFFSPRING
DOMINANT BLUE CINNAMON CARRIER COCKS
GREEN CINNAMON CARRIER COCKS
DOMINANT BLUE HENS
GREEN HENS


CINNAMON COCK  X  DOMINANT BLUE HEN
OFFSPRING
DOMINANT BLUE CINNAMON CARRIER COCKS
GREEN CINNAMON CARRIER COCKS
DOMINANT FAWN HENS
CINNAMON HENS


DOMINANT BLUE CINNAMON CARRIER COCK  X CINNAMON HEN
OFFSPRING
DOMINANT BLUE CINNAMON CARRIER COCKS
GREEN CINNAMON CARRIER COCKS
DOMINANT FAWN COCKS
CINNAMON COCKS
DOMINANT BLUE HENS
GREEN HENS
DOMINANT FAWN HENS
CINNAMON HENS


DOMINANT BLUE CINNAMON CARRIER COCK  X  GREEN HEN
OFFSPRING
DOMINANT BLUE COCKS
DOMINANT BLUE CINNAMON CARRIER COCKS
GREEN COCKS
GREEN CINNAMON CARRIER COCKS
DOMINANT BLUE HENS
GREEN HENS
CINNAMON HENS
DOMINANT FAWN HENS


DOMINANT FAWN COCK  X  CINNAMON HEN
OFFSPRING
DOMINANT FAWN COCKS
CINNAMON COCKS
DOMINANT FAWN HENS
CINNAMON HENS

CINNAMON COCK  X  DOMINANT FAWN HEN
OFFSPRING
SAME AS ABOVE


DOMINANT FAWN COCK  X  GREEN HEN
OFFSPRING
DOMINANT BLUE CINNAMON CARRIER COCKS
GREEN CINNAMON CARRIER COCK
DOMINANT FAWN HENS
CINNAMON HENS


GREEN CINNAMON CARRIER COCK  X  DOMINANT FAWN HEN
OFFSPRING
CINNAMON COCKS
DOMINANT FAWN COCKS
DOMINANT BLUE CINNAMON CARRIER COCKS
GREEN CINNAMON CARRIER COCKS
DOMINANT BLUE HENS
CINNAMON HENS
DOMINANT FAWN HENS
GREEN HENS


CINNAMON COCK  X  DOMINANT BLUE HEN
OFFSPRING
DOMINANT BLUE CINNAMON CARRIER COCKS
GREEN CINNAMON CARRIER COCKS
DOMINANT FAWN HENS
CINNAMON HENS


NOTE
Pairing two dominant whites together will result in 25% of the young dying. This is because the dominant white gene is lethal when it is present on both sides of a pairing. Also because a fawn has the dominant white gene this same principle applies. A youngster produced from a dominant white ground bird but does not show to be of a white ground but is normal in appearance, will not carry the lethal gene because it is not sex linked like the cinnamon gene.


The basis for the above info is from a book called "Our Border Canaries " by W. Cummings.

And a big "thank you" goes out to my good friend, Darren Waterhouse in England for allowing me the use of his research!  

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