Coturnix Quail Mutations? And good guide to colors?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by blackclownfish16, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. blackclownfish16

    blackclownfish16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    So I was wondering why there aren't any feather structure mutations in coturnix quail? (eg frizzle, crest, leg feathers, beard ect) I just can't believe there aren't any after all this time in captivity.

    Also is there a good online guide to coturnix colors? I know about the one here on BYC (Awesome!) but I was hoping there was another one with all the cool colors that they have in Britain.

  2. sfw2

    sfw2 Global Menace

    Not much help on the color guide, I'm afraid, but I think the reason you don't see the feathering variations, etc., is that, while quail have been kept in captivity for a long time, they haven't really been [​IMG], like chickens. They're still very much true to their wild form.

    Interesting thought though. Frizzled coturnix, any one?
  3. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    Quote:there was a tufted gene found in coturnix in NZ I think where I read it was a fairly old report like late 80's
  4. blackclownfish16

    blackclownfish16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hmm tufted could be cool. Just think frizzled coturnix could be the new pet craze haha way smaller than a serama!
  5. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 2, 2009
    There Are Frizzles In Coturnix Tho Rare. Last I Heard The User "purple Chicken" Had Some...

    Quail Are Gamebirds. Gamebirds Have Not Been Domesticated Nearly As Long As Many Other Poultry Speces And Breeds... This May Be The Cause For A Lack Of Variables. Or It May Just Be Natures Design--- Most Of These Lil Guys Are Built To Exacting Specification To Assist Them In Their Survival Within The Normal Range Of The Speces In The Wild.

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