White egg-laying quail

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Tokyoranchu, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. Tokyoranchu

    Tokyoranchu New Egg

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    Dear all.

    Just joined BYC but been watching the site for a while now.

    I can't keep chickens where I live but do keep coturnix quail. I have recently aquired a strain of coturnix that lays white shelled eggs. I am keen to transfer this trait into my giant coturnix. My question, is this possible? If so, any guidance on how to go about it?

    Any and all advice gratefully received.

    Many thanks

    Matt
     
  2. crazy for quail

    crazy for quail New Egg

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    I just bought Bobwhite quail and the supplier told me that the easy way to tell if you are getting Bobwhites is that they have white shells. Coturnix quail lay spotted eggs. Both birds look similar and many people pass off the brown Coturnix as Bobwhite. Hope this helps.
     
  3. Tokyoranchu

    Tokyoranchu New Egg

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    Many thanks for the reply. These are actually a white egg-laying Coturnix. I would have liked some bob-whites, but they aren't available where I am (Tokyo).
     
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  4. dynodon

    dynodon Out Of The Brooder

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    I have had a few Cortunix quail lay an occasional off - white egg . These eggs seem to be a little thin shelled , and I have never had one hatch . It could be because of their feed ??
     
  5. Zrcalo

    Zrcalo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could they be hybrids? Could you show us a picture of your birds?
     
  6. Tokyoranchu

    Tokyoranchu New Egg

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    Here are some pics of the hen and also the eggs (not my pic, the eggs are bottom left)[​IMG]
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  7. Zrcalo

    Zrcalo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well they DO look like coturnix quail. But they may be hybridized anyway. Either way you've got some very special birds!

    are they friendly or rather flighty?
     
  8. Tokyoranchu

    Tokyoranchu New Egg

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    Not friendly at all. They don't like contact and are quite flighty.
     
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  9. Those sound like quail :lol:


    To transfer the white egg gene, cross the 2 and only hatch the ones laying white. Try to keep true to the giant courtnix (Ie keep them big) but the white egg layers should be bred initially
    Best advice I can give
     

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