I'm very new to Quail... Two weeks ago I hatched my first group of Coturnix Quail in my homemade incubator! Very fun and exciting! I bought 40 eggs from an ebay seller. He sent me 4 different color variations claiming they were all breed in seperate cages. I was probably nieve(SP?) but I thought "great! I'll be able to breed the different colors together to increase my flock" . So 25 of the eggs hatched, I cracked open the rest after 21 days in the incubator, and some were not fertile the rest had quit really early on. Two of the 25 were "elephant chicks" I put them out of their misery. Two more died yesterday, at 2 weeks old. The crazy thing was that they looked like they were 2 days old. They had no adult feathers at all and were tiny compaired to they rest of the chicks. I watched them eat and drink so I know they were getting nourishment, but it doesn't seem like they were absorbing that nourishment. That's just my guess. They weren't picked on at all by the other chicks. So I'm just wondering if this could all be caused by inbreeding? Or am I just over thinking it because stuff like this just happens sometimes? Thanks for any insight any of you wonderful Quail folk have!