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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 1:24 pm 
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Gosh, Santa sure was busy! :rofl:

Well my supermarket chicks are all grown up, I moved the adults' pen into the shade yesterday and put the new ones in at the same time. I'm pretty sure I've ended up with one male and one female, not 100% sure about the female but the male is convinced that she's female and that is good enough for me. Once silly season is over I'll hatch some of their eggs to hopefully get some more females.

Here is the male, he's been nicknamed Mr Green. He was very pleased to meet lots of ladies yesterday.
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And the female is on the right, she still has 2 curled toes but it doesn't seem to affect her mobility at all.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:36 pm 
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Oh my! they really are pretty little things. Mr Green has come-to-bed eyes. I'm glad he is happy with his Christmas present too. Lots of ladies.

I've just realised I can use some of these photos as reference for my illustrations. There are lots of quail in my current book project :-) These are especially good as they are close up and have detail. (Not that my illustrations are detailed or realistic, but it's great to be able to see what they really look like.)

Thank you for posting!

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:50 pm 
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This is rather interesting.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:14 pm 
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Thanks for the pics KChook. It's hard to believe that they are only a few weeks older than my cracker jacks although by the way they put food away could explain it. Did they go thru a moult before they got their current feathers? Are they the same variety as your other ones?


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:38 pm 
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I think they did go through a moult a couple of weeks ago (that or they had a massive pillow fight).

I already had one rosetta, the others are a wild type, an italian and a manchurian. The new female looks just like my old rosetta, the male is noticeably more red, with many more pale flecks on his head, but not sure if it is different enough to count as a different colour. He is also the same size as my largest female, when males are usually smaller, so he might have some jumbo genes.

It will be fun to see what his offspring are like, I checked a quail colour genetics calculator and with my current females I should get a real mixed bag.


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