New to breeding colour mutations

Discussion in 'Quail' started by RosieR, Apr 4, 2018.

  1. RosieR

    RosieR Songster

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    Hey everyone!
    I’m new to quail and birds in general, but I’m excited to get started.
    I have 10 2.5week old pharaoh chicks that I bought last weekend and 3doz eggs in the incubator.
    My birds breast feathers are just coming in and I think they are all hens. Not sure what is in the eggs, but it’s my first incubation so I’m not sure how successful it will be.

    I’ve been looking around and I’m interested in trying to breed colour mutations. Any suggestions on a coloured roo or two to get to mate with my girls to get started?
     
  2. JaeG

    JaeG Crossing the Road

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    The pharaoh all start out looking like girls, then the males start to get the rusty red colour coming through and lose their spots.

    Here are some photos:
    Male just starting to get some spots of rust on his chest:
    Young pharaoh male (2017_09_25 23_10_47 UTC).jpg

    5 days later:
    Pharoah male (2017_09_25 23_10_47 UTC).jpg
     
  3. If you want your mind blown, Google the quail calculator. All sorts of fun genetic options to test out and to get a predicted offspring percentage from.
     
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  4. RosieR

    RosieR Songster

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    Woah! Good to know. I’ll wait before getting Roos lol
     
  5. RosieR

    RosieR Songster

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    That calculator is over my head atm. I’ll do some more research so I understand what I’m looking at lol
     
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  6. Overeasyplz

    Overeasyplz Songster

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    oh how fun! yeah it has been at least 8 years since I have had quail and now, got my own place, first thing I did before I even moved into it was order an incubator and a batch of coturnix quail eggs. there are so many colors out there now, holy cow!
     
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  7. RosieR

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    Roos are starting to show up in my batch ;)
     

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  8. JaeG

    JaeG Crossing the Road

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    It's amazing how quickly their colours change.
     
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