More info on Manchurian Lethal Gene

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Whitehouse Quail, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. Whitehouse Quail

    Whitehouse Quail Songster

    Jul 1, 2009
    I noticed some of my eggs didn't hatch, and have been hearing about a lethal gene in Coturnix Quail Manchurian color... does anyone have any information on that?

  2. FeatheredObsessions

    FeatheredObsessions Songster

    May 24, 2010
    When you have two " Y "chromosomes of this color it is found to be lethal to 25% of the chicks just as albino can be in some aspects of other creatures. Golden is a dominant coloration.
  3. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

    Feb 6, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    The gene is only lethal when homozygous. A single dominant gene for yellow changes wild type to Manchurian. Matings of Manchurian produce Manchurian and wild type progeny in the ratio of 2:1. It is correct, feathered obsessions, that 25% embryos fail to hatch [​IMG]

    Strombergs call Manchurian "Italian Speckled" some people call them "Golden" They are in fact Manchurian. Breeders just tried to change the name for their own benefits.

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