Need a little information

Discussion in 'Quail' started by grabs28, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. grabs28

    grabs28 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello! I'm new here, and recently bought four couturnix jumbo quail (one male and three females) from my neighbors. I've read up on how to care for them and have them set up in a coop. However, my neighbors said they've never laid, and also that they're related. The son of the neighbors is always carrying them around and playing with them, so I think that the stress is why they haven't laid. My question is if they are related and I wanted to breed, would I be able to? Thank you!
     
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes
     
  3. grabs28

    grabs28 Out Of The Brooder

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    So there wouldn't be any ill effects?
     
  4. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No
     
  5. grabs28

    grabs28 Out Of The Brooder

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    They are siblings. How many generations would they be able to inbreed?
     
  6. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Until they start coming out jacked up wich will probably never happen. If you're worried about it you could always find one from another breeder.
     
  7. grabs28

    grabs28 Out Of The Brooder

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    Alright. I would Only breed every now and then to replenish my egg laying stock. I am a vegetarian so I wouldn't eat them.
     
  8. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Because quail don't live very long (about 2 years or sometimes a little longer) stock gets naturally refreshed regularly anyway. Good luck
     
  9. grabs28

    grabs28 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks!
     
  10. DK newbie

    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    According to research, coturnix quail start having reduced fertility after about 3 generations of inbreeding. The more generations, the lower fertility. Breeding full siblings to each other is worse than breeding a father to his daughters for instance - the latter is often used for line breeding, for instance to create bigger birds.
     

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