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 Post subject: Coloured egg
PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:08 pm 
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Rookie question: why is my quail egg blue/green?


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 Post subject: Re: Coloured egg
PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:29 am 
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Could be due to the colour mutation, silver King quails lay blue eggs whilst the brown hens lay brown eggs.


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 Post subject: Re: Coloured egg
PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:58 am 
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Hello adnilblack and welcome to BYP
Pretty eggs :biggrin:
How much info would you like?

Below is a link to an in depth explaination of the genetics of egg colour.
The second link contains a simplified explaination by DottesnSilk

http://www.maranschickenclubusa.com/files/eggreview.pdf

viewtopic.php?f=10&t=8036389&hilit=egg+colour&start=60#p794790


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 Post subject: Re: Coloured egg
PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:19 pm 
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It happens occasionally, not sure why. Sometimes a really dark one or almost white one will pop up too. Nothing sinister from what I can see, just a hiccup.

An interesting aside while on the topic of quail eggs. Coturnix quail hens actually appear to know what colour egg they will lay, and choose a spot to lay that best camouflages and disguises it.

http://www.livescience.com/26355-quail- ... flage.html

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2012.12.031


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