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Author:  adnilblack [ Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Coloured egg

Rookie question: why is my quail egg blue/green?

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Author:  mycoola [ Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:29 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Coloured egg

Could be due to the colour mutation, silver King quails lay blue eggs whilst the brown hens lay brown eggs.

Author:  sue55 [ Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:58 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Coloured egg

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


Author:  Azira [ Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Coloured egg

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. ... flage.html

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