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Author:  KChook [ Wed May 02, 2018 12:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Quail chicks!


Here is my latest clutch which hatched last week, all fathered by my supermarket egg male.

Feel free to guess what colours they will be, my best guess is:

Bottom left and top right: Italian
Bottom right: Wild type
Middle: Rosetta
Top left: No idea, haven't seen this colour in a chick before. :dontknow

If you need a hint these are the parents:



Author:  healzam [ Sun May 06, 2018 7:00 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Quail chicks!

I still think it's very cool you incubated store eggs and now his producing offspring.

Author:  sue55 [ Sun May 06, 2018 9:57 pm ]
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One of the F1 from my supermarket quail has just started laying :nuts
I've got more babies too but the colours seem to be all the same (wild type)

Author:  KChook [ Mon May 07, 2018 2:09 pm ]
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How exciting (eggciting?) Sue.

It is crazy how short the generations are, it's no wonder that quails are popular birds for genetics research.

They are starting to feather out now. That top left one that I wasn't sure about seems to be rosetta, so I guess that would make the middle one tibetan. The middle one does seem darker than the others, and it's growing an interesting white bib. The others seem to be obediently growing into the colours that I said.

Author:  KChook [ Thu May 24, 2018 9:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Quail chicks!

Well they're all grown up now, and would you believe every single one is male! :doh

It's a shame that I can't keep them, but I don't think my neighbours (or I) could stand the crowing contest that is going to start soon. I guess the ladies will just have to wait a little longer for their retirement, luckily most of them are still laying so I should be able to get another clutch going soon.

For future reference, this is what colours they turned out to be.

Top left in the first post:

Bottom left and top right (in no particular order):

Bottom right:


Author:  Okaru [ Thu May 24, 2018 9:32 pm ]
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Could you help explain the features of quail gender to a complete novice, KChook? What is it about these littlies, that makes them males?

Author:  KChook [ Thu May 24, 2018 9:51 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Quail chicks!

Sure thing! I'm not an expert though, so take all this with a grain of salt.

The second and third ones are both either Italian or Manchurian, if they were female they would have less dark faces and no dark chin stripe. A speckled breast would also mean a female but a lack of speckles doesn't guarantee a male in these colours. I've also caught them crowing.

The fourth is a typical wild type, aka Pharaoh , speckled breast for female and plain reddish breast for males. Males do have speckled breasts when they first feather out but it changes to plain reddish at about week 4.

The first one is Rosetta and last one is either a dark Rosetta or Tibetan, they are impossible to tell from the colour as far as I know, but I have seen them crowing.

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