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Author:  happyvalley [ Sat Aug 07, 2010 11:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Help to identify quail

Hi Shellynel,

your white quail with the spot behind the head, and they normally also have one down the lower back are called Texas A& M (sounds kinky :lol: )

The plain white ones are normally the smallest size of the Jap quails are called English

Author:  judith.mccann [ Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:47 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Help to identify quail

I have a pink eyed chick, at first I thought it was albino, but it's now getting creamy coloured feathers. I think it's a pink eyed dilute pearl, could anybody tell me if I'm right please, and is it male or female?

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Author:  Azira [ Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Help to identify quail

judith.mccann wrote:
I have a pink eyed chick, at first I thought it was albino, but it's now getting creamy coloured feathers. I think it's a pink eyed dilute pearl, could anybody tell me if I'm right please, and is it male or female?

You can get sex-linked imperfect albinism mutation in quail, which would explain the feather colouring, it leaves a 'shadow' of patterning on their feathers rather than a pure white colour. The eyes also show more as pink rather than a pure red as it does is complete albinism. Apparently the eyes do darken a bit as they age, but they will still retain a pink/red pupil.

From what I've seen it's linked to females, so I'd tentatively say yours is female. The easiest way to find out is to just wait a little longer though. Fat, foamy bottoms, crowing, or eggs are a definitive way to tell for certain, lol.

I'm curious to find out what it turns out to be, can you update when you know for sure?

Author:  judith.mccann [ Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:01 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Help to identify quail

Here she is at 4 weeks old, she has a creamy colour now.

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Author:  Azira [ Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:15 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Help to identify quail

That's cool, you can really see the shadow of their normal pattern appearing on her feathers. Thanks for the update, won't be long now before you know for sure if she is actually a she.

Author:  judith.mccann [ Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Help to identify quail

This is it at 6 weeks, no rusty vent feathers or bib though, so does that suggest female?

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