I was wondering if there is any correlation between larger egg sizes and final bird weight in Coturnix quail. I'm working on a breeding project to hopefully breed larger jumbo quail. I've read through many many threads and noticed there are several members that say the largest eggs don't necessarily produce the largest birds.
On the other hand, there are breeders such as the group associated with the Tatanka breeding project that have set standards for raising jumbo quail and it seems they feel the larger eggs will give you larger birds. I fall into this group that believes that the larger the egg, the larger the final weight of the bird.
I feel it is intuitive that the larger eggs have more nutrients to support a larger chick at birth giving it a size advantage to take up more food and perhaps to dominate the food source, elbowing out smaller siblings. From what I understand, one must maximize high quality protein intake, nutrition and water during the critical first 8-12 weeks in order to optimize growth and maximize growth potential.
If you start off with a larger egg, you get a larger chick when it hatches. A larger chick should be able to take in proportionally more food and grow faster.
If this is true, how much of an advantage will a breeder get if you were to hatch eggs that averaged 16 grams instead of 13 grams for example? I'm not looking for exact numbers, just guesstimates. Is this the difference between an 11 oz bird and a 13 oz bird? Thanks in advance!