OK, so which quail has a tail? (PICS added)

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Buttercup Chillin, Jun 22, 2011.

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  1. Buttercup Chillin

    Buttercup Chillin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2008
    SouthEast TX
    You read that right.

    Got a chick from the kindergarden class, supposed to be a quail from another classes hatch. This little chick ended up in their room after the guy came and picked up the chicks a few days later. (This class hatched some of my Big Browns and the new Golds).

    So now this chick is about 4 weeks old and has about a 2 inch + tail. Its not a Coturnix for sure. Darker brown on one side of feather than the other. Feather tip ends in a White point. The chick did look like a Coturnix when I got it from the class, but not for long.

    I know a picture is worth a thousand words. I will get some batteries and try to take a few pics.

    (PSs. for those of you that got emails from me, that I didn't send, sorry but out of my control and you are no longer in my contact list- I dumped it).
    edited to ad (that means I don't have anyones email address anymore, too though).

    edited to add pics.
    Yes, the tail is bluish grey. My seed store guy says, no possible way it could be one of his Peacocks as it was to small. He thought he was passing me a quail, as he had been told.
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    Ok Bird Guru's, what is it? I have had it by itself in a small cage and just now moved it to a larger cage. VERY FLIGHTY, hence the frazeled tail. Still needs warmth though, as back is not completely feathered.
    Probably hatched May 23rd as they dropped it off on May 27th, last day of school. Just starting to show feather development at that time. (Teachers now know to grind all quail feed - GBF - for any quail babies they hatch). Is it some kind of quail or did one of those Kindergarteners go outside and bring a wild baby bird back to the school room?
     
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  2. Fat Daddy

    Fat Daddy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello Edith, don't know bout your mystery quail but bobs have a bit of a tail... The girls
    From your birds are doin well. I just sent some of there eggs to Co. Yesterday. Pass'in it on...Bill
     
  3. Buttercup Chillin

    Buttercup Chillin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2008
    SouthEast TX
    Good to hear.

    The class of now 1st graders hatched the big brown and the new Golds at 100% hatch rate. I was suprised and proud of them. Then they played with them for a week and they still grew well. But now anything that shows up in their room well, teach has my number. Knows to drop it off at my feed store and have him call me. LOL.

    So be careful with those Kindergardener hatches. You may end up with more than you bargained for. LOL.

    Well it isn't fully feathered yet, so I will just have to be patient. But it makes me wonder just what it is.

    edited, also been reading some of the posts..what's the problem??? I have people call me demanding I sell them breeders, like that's going to work with me. LOL
     
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  4. gamebirdboy

    gamebirdboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is that a comb coming in?
     
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    A better pic of the head would be helpful.
     
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  6. Buttercup Chillin

    Buttercup Chillin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2008
    SouthEast TX
    No comb.
    Way to small for a chicken, even a small bantam.
     
  7. gamebirdboy

    gamebirdboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I've seen some really small game bantams, some of my coturnix have laid eggs about the size of my aunt's...
     
  8. Whiskey Bay

    Whiskey Bay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Could it possibly be a Bob bird? Coturnix/Bob cross? I does look bobbish to me and quailish,but can't really tell from the pics.
     
  9. I can't contribute anyhing helpful, but am very interested in what the bird is. It is just a guess but I am leaning towards a bobwhite cross with some other quail. And no this is no educated guess as I have never seen anything like it before. I don't even raise bob's, just coturnix. I do know that the wild quail around my place do have small tail feathers that are only seen when in flight.
     
  10. Buttercup Chillin

    Buttercup Chillin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2008
    SouthEast TX
    What I thought, a BOB cause it sure isn't a Coturnix. Quail head, quail body, but a tail.
    The tail threw me and just not sure. Wanted to make sure it wasn't a wild bird of some kind. (Around here there are wild Blue Scales, but never have seen a young one).

    Never had BW's - don't want them. Especially if this flighty thing is one. Actually, let it stay on its stuffed dog's back and all is calm.
    It can grow out in its own cage well away from the Coturnix breeding pens and coveys and the chickens for that matter.
     
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