Need help choosing button quail trio colors

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  1. liljunie

    liljunie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have about 20 button quail chicks and need some help choosing colors for trios

    Hens: black tuxedo, silver tuxedo, cinn/red breasted morph, silvers, red breasted, blue breasted

    roos: blue breasted, silver

    unknowns: silver, blue/red breasted, silver tuxedo, possibly white

    I would like to produce cinnamon and black tuxedos. Does anyone know the best pairing/trio to produce them????
     
  2. GrandmaBird

    GrandmaBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It will take generations of select breeding to get uniform colors from pairs as these poor little guys have been cross bred for years. I would pair like colors, silver with silver etc., and be sure you mark the eggs to see how true to color the chicks are.
    I don't like trio s but its your call on that, although it will be harder to tell which hen is producing what color chick.
    good luck.
     
  3. liljunie

    liljunie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the reply! I worry about pairs vs trios if one died??
     
  4. GrandmaBird

    GrandmaBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it is fairly simple to introduce a new male or female if one dies. just place them in separate cages next to each other at lease over night then move the decor in the regular cage/home around and bring in the new bird. watch them for a few days to be sure they are getting along but they should do fine.

    and a few days alone wont kill them some even have just one as a pet...
     
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  5. liljunie

    liljunie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So the "mate for life" think is not true?
     
  6. GrandmaBird

    GrandmaBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No it is true but if one dies, just like in humans, the other will find a new mate. They will also mate with lots of partners if captive, but in the wild they are just pairs!
     
  7. Bryam

    Bryam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, male quail with mate with whatever comes along. No worries there. The quail we keep are far from wild. Lol!
     
  8. liljunie

    liljunie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!!!!
     

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