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Could use a little help. New to quail rasing and just hatched a bunch

Discussion in 'Quail' started by CHickeyz, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. CHickeyz

    CHickeyz In the Brooder

    Jan 22, 2012
    So I just hatched around 40 baby coturnix they are all different colors a few of each color, I got them for breeding with jumbo browns that are currently in the incubator, So I asked the guy that I got the 1st eggs off of why they were all different colors and he said he forgot to tell me they'd be mixed, but they are all coturnix (obviously) but the guy has gotten sick of my questions and won't answer me to as if they are all related. am I to assume that they are? like the yellow ones are related to the tuxedos. or are each color from different parents? It might seem like a stupid question but I know nothing about quail so any advise would help

  2. bckyrdchknluvr

    bckyrdchknluvr Chirping

    Jun 12, 2011
    I mated two normal hens to a tuxedo roo. So far I have gotten some normal, Tibetan, English white, a tuxedo and possibly a roux dilute. I don't know too much as I'm new to them too, but I do know that all colours originate from the "normal" or wild colour. So I think that all of your colours may be from the same group of parents.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2012
  3. MobyQuail

    MobyQuail c. giganticus

    Sep 10, 2010
    sounds like he had many different colors running together to get the combos you describe.
    if you chose all the gold type birds, they may be more related to each other than a white and a brown for example.

    if you are going to outcross with your jumbo browns you should be ok.

    I understand where you are coming from, the mad scientist in you wants to know if you will have any reason to calculate a co-efficient of inbreeding from this base group of birds, he should have answered your questions...

    you may want to get some more jumbo whites or jumbo browns from a third party. I have had better luck with carcass size and egg size with them..
  4. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

    Feb 6, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    If one breeds coturnix in a huge colony pen with many colors, you will get a bunch of mixed colors, almost like EEs in chicken.

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