Unintentionally hijacked another thread when I mentioned inbreeding so thought I had better start my own.
Had two opposite opinions on whether or not you can inbreed with coturnix quail. Reason I bought it up was because we have had to buy fertile eggs this year to continue breeding due to deformities from out first inbreed hatch last year. 'Father' was mating with 'mother' and their two daughters. The resulting hatch was not good. We had some with serious scull deformities, no eye one side, massive bulging eye the other side, and worst cross beaks I have ever seen. These chicks could not see from what we could tell and had to be hand fed so they were euthanized. Had some with common leg problems, ie splayed legs and curled toes, which we fixed and one with what we think was slipped Achilles tendon that was killed by some baby chickens that hatch at the same time. Anyway, the skull deformities were horrid and we googled it to find that it was usually the result of inbreeding, so decided we wouldn't be doing that again and hence the purchase of some new blood lines.
We did put one of out eggs in with the last batch and it hatched and is perfect. Have more bought eggs in the bator now, which was many, so have also put 18 of our own in to see what happens.
So, my question is, can you or can't you inbreed coturnix quail???