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Discussion in 'Quail' started by jyphotog, Jun 12, 2011.
If they are hatched, can they be mated? Would it be incest or is it ok?
no that's inbreeding
it will cause infertility and many of the offspring to have deformities
i agree with top post
I always try and get away from interbreeding because it could cause them to come out wrong and not live long
I would disagree to a point. It happens all the time. Some do it for a color or size, but its done alot. Its my understanding that fertility will suffer in the long run too thou. Bill
True, issues will crop up... generations and generations later. Inbreeding is used for developing very good traits, such as good meat production or good egg production. (It also has a nasty habit of fostering bad issues, like great danes and leg/back problems etc. etc.) As long as you refresh the blood after a few generations (Or yearly in some farm's cases) then you will be fine.
But that's in my opninon....
Ok, I guess what I am trying to get at is...
I am planning on buying two dozen hatching eggs tomorrow. I am assuming they will be from different birds, but will I be able to breed from these 24 eggs?
Yes, you can breed them to each other.... Bill
Quote:Most definitely! Have fun with all them birds!
If breeding will be an ongoing thing, just bring in some others and make sure you know who is who. When that times comes. There are some color traits IN OTHER ANIIMALS that can only come from inbreeding. So it probably goes with quail as the same.
Not really a problem with coturnix. Unless inbreeding perpetuates a bad trait.
Let's say that a small breeding colony of 25 coturnix. That breeding colony can produce X amount of eggs in a season, and as long as you are producing eggs from that colony, then you will be fine. That is generation 1.
You can keep that model up and running for a good 12+ months. (Trust me, people do it all the time). Every egg is for sale here or on ebay. They keep this model going at infanitum, because it pays the bills.