I have a small amount of Quail. 7
4 are Hens and 3 are Roos
I have the 4 Pharaoh Hens and a male "Golden/Italian" together in one pen, the two Pharaoh roos in another separated so they cannot see each other.
I obviously need to propagate more quail as 4 eggs/day max ain't cutting it.
SO that said I REALLY like the Golden/Italian, the coloration is awesome.
However I did see somewhere that the Golden gene can be deadly IF Homozygous.
Some say half die, some say it's no different hatch rate than other Quail batches.
So the Question is:
How do I determine if the (male) golden is Heterozygous vs. Homozygous?
I do not know who the parents are and I doubt the fellow I purchased them from does either as he tends to colony cage them, but he does hatch his own.
I purchased 9 originally. There was:
2 golden (1 died before 2 weeks)
1 English White ( Died about 12 weeks, was laying good, and had some Pharaoh "bleeding" through in one wing)
The English white was probably picked on or over bred. IDK.
I didn't have but one of the type and figured it shouldn't be alone.
I am trying to incubate some now so I guess I will find something out. If any hatch.
Please educate me on this.
If the goldens don't do well I guess I will throw the larger of the two Roo Pharaohs back in there with the 4 hens.