My neighbor and i enjoy hatching quail. Every summer we usually get a different kind, breed them, hatch them, sell them, and by that time it is fall, and we only keep a few of the babies.
Well, early this spring he came home with 1 male and 3 female Tennessee Red Quail. They laid about 40 eggs over about 3 months but we ended up with 10 babies because one got sick and then made the other ones sick and that was that. Out of those 10, 1 quail was a lighter color than the others. Coincidently, they stopped laying eggs at about the same time because it got very, very hot for awhile. A month or so ago, the heat subsided, and they started laying like crazy again. I put 20 eggs in the incubator...4 were infertile, a few died in the shell, long story short out the 20, 11 hatched. But these quail babies are very, very odd.
2 quail look like regular Northern Bobwhites
3 quail are a blonde, cardboard color
1 quail has white toes
and the remaining 5 are normal looking just like the parent birds.
My neighbor and i, personally, enjoy strange looking birds, for example, we LOVE the Blonde ones, i love the white toed one, etc... so i don't really care if they aren't PERFECT, "show birds", but i am just very curious as to why they look the way they do. Here are pictures of each variety that hatched yesterday. let me know that you think! ~Alex
"Regular Northern Bobwhite"