Help us Isolate the Coturnix Quail Blue Egg Phenotype! The "Jazzy Jazmine" Selective Breeding Proje

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  1. chefedwardmac

    chefedwardmac Out Of The Brooder

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    Why do birds even lay blue eggs? Is a question we must explore first before we even try to isolate the Coturnix Quail Blue Egg Phenotype!

    Moreno & Osorno (2003) have recently suggested that blue egg colouring may have been selected by male birds, The theory depends on a key assumption : that males will increase their contribution to care if they perceive their female to be of high genetic or phenotypic quality.

    But if high-quality females are capable of rearing offspring more or less singlehandedly then it is equally possible that a male will respond by reducing his involvement in parental care. Females should then go to great lengths to conceal their quality to be sure of extracting as much care as possible from their partner.

    We are on the search for that "High-Quality" female Coturnix Quail that lays egg with the blue colouring, which is quite rare in the United States. The common Coturnix Quail egg coloring is olive with variable blotches.

    Biliverdin, is the pigment primarily responsible for the blue-green tinge to egg shells. Poole (1965) found biliverdin in the superficial part of the uterus in the wild-type Japanese quail, the deposition beginning 2-3 hr before oviposition.

    Some species of Dinosaurs also had the blue-greenish coloration produced by the organic color pigments biliverdin (blue) and protoporphyrin (red). Among modern birds that lay eggs of this color, males often provide more care, so the study also posits that the same could have been true in dinosaurs. Males dinosaurs played an important role in parental care.

    As we embark on a journey that started over 67-million-years ago with the dinosaurs, our quest for the blue quail egg is symbolic of the loyalty between male and female.

    I am truly proud to present my vision for the The "Jazzy Jazmine" Selective Breeding Project as the first original Coturnix Quail strain in the Cute Chicks[​IMG] Brand.



    This is the Standard of a new strain; Coturnix Quail (Coturnix japonica) aka "Jazzy Jazmine" updated (07/19/15)

    We have acquired eggs from James Marie Farms imported from P&L Gamebirds of Canada This line has the "ce" gene (aka - the Blue egg gene) breed into it by Perry.
    • The eggs are from the The Schofield Silver Collection (Desired Genetic Traits: Blue Eggs)

    The "
    Jazzy Jazmine
    " Selective Breeding Project:
    We are selectively breeding quails from The Schofield Silver Collection to isolate the Blue Egg Phenotype and for weight.

    The Standards

    Name: Cute Chicks™ Jumbo Coturnix Quail, "Jazzy Jazmine" a sex-linked strain


    Description: A jumbo sized coturnix quail that lays a blue biliverdin pigmented egg, when the chicks are hatched male and female will display sex-linked coloration making it easy to identify blue egg laying hens.

    • All chicks male and female must weigh 0.18 lbs by 14 days.
    • All birds male and female must weigh 0.63 lbs by 42 days.

    WEIGHTS:
    14 days about 0.18 lbs
    42 days must be 0.63 lbs+

    All Colors TBD
    Adult Male
    Adult Female
    Chick Male
    Chick Female

    ROOSTER SELECTION: Males that bully, roll or bloody the hens are out
    HENS LAYING EGGS: greater than > 13 grams.

    For hatching eggs to make the next generation of jumbos I take my biggest males by weight, put them with my females laying the biggest eggs.

    SET EGGS: greater than > 13 grams.

    Genetic Diversity:
    Will integrate quails from a NPIP provider as needed to provide genetic diversity for the breeding flock.

    Will Update This Standard as Needed...


    If you are interested in Blue Quail eggs and want to in participate in the "Jazzy Jazmine" selective breeding project; Check out www.edwardspoultryexchange.com

    Cheers!

    -Edward

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    Blue Coturnix Quail Eggs; Image from http://www.pandlgamebirds.ca/

    Resources

    Kennedy GY, Vevers HG (1976) A survey of avian eggshell pigments. Comp Biochem Physiol B 55: 117–123 doi:––10.1016/0305–0491(76)90183–8.


    Washburn K (1990) Genetic variation in egg composition. Poultry Breeding and Genetics: Developments in Animal and Veterinary Sciences (ed R.D. Crawford). Elsevier B. V: 781–804.


    1. Kilner RM (2006) The evolution of egg colour and patterning in birds. Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc 81: 383–406 doi:10.1017/S1464793106007044.


    Punnett RC (1933) Genetic studies in poultry, Chapter IX, The blue egg. J Genet 27: 465–470. doi: 10.1007/bf02981757




    Zhao R, Xu GY, Liu ZZ, Li JY, Yang N (2006) A study on eggshell pigmentation: biliverdin in blue-shelled chickens. Poult Sci 85: 546–549. doi: 10.1093/ps/85.3.546
     
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  2. wmcarl

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    So the way I understand this to be is that your research goal is to produce the blue egg?how many of the silver collection did you start with and how many do you have now and when did you start? Hope these are not too personal of questions! Thank you in advance
     
  3. chefedwardmac

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    Q1)Our research goal is to develop a new strain: A jumbo sized coturnix quail that lays a blue biliverdin pigmented egg, when the chicks are hatched male and female will display sex-linked coloration making it easy to identify blue egg laying hens.

    Q2) Our team committed to this project on 7/15/2015, once the chicks hatch we will document the project on this thread with photos.
     
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  5. Marie Elsby

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    My name is Marie and I am from Sweden.

    Is this strain of Blue Coturnix Quail Eggs only is possible to get from US or Canada. I had for many years ago one hen that laid blue eggs. Unfortunaly no one of her offsprings did. I've been searching for many years now for them and would love to have them again, and try to preserve them. But have not found any in Europe. My hen had to come from someone in Europe. I bought her from a man with contacts with many breeders in Denmark and Germany. Thankful for any help I can get!

    Marie


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  6. Sill

    Sill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You would have had to breed her back to one of her sons or breed siblings or cousins together to retain the blue egg genes. If you only bred her to roosters that did not carry the gene that is probably why none of her offspring layed blue eggs. If you still have some of her desendants they still may carry the gene but would need to be bred together to create another blue layer. Too bad you don't have her still, she had beautiful eggs, better color than I've seen from many celadon layers.
     
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  7. Sill

    Sill Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. phantastic

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    [​IMG] is this egg considered as a blue egg. First time seeing this color from my quails
     
  10. Sill

    Sill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks blue to me. Does this hen always produce that color or was it a fluke?
     

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