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Post by Ronnie's Quails on Sun Aug 17, 2008 5:48 pm

hi all i was thinking if you had a white japanese quail chick or CPQ as ive got eggs from whites if you gave it like a color bird dye would it come through when their feather come through as a chick so the new feather would come through red of blue of yellow, could any one imagine a red japanese quail.?
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Post by internet_nobody on Sun Aug 17, 2008 8:48 pm

They do something similar in the USA, Ronnie, inject dye into the egg and the chick hatches coloured...unfortunately a lot of chicks don't hatch after that!
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Post by Ronnie's Quails on Sun Aug 17, 2008 8:54 pm

but what about if you had some white chick about a week old and just before there feather come through you put the die in there water like canarys and other things
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Post by andoy on Sun Aug 17, 2008 10:16 pm

Ronnie, I don't think it would work adding a small amount of dye to their water. You would have to use it in quite high concentration to make a difference and that could affect their health. The only way I know of doing it effectively is via injecting it into the egg as Emma says, but yeah you are risking the potential chick.
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Post by Suz on Sun Aug 17, 2008 10:29 pm

I don't understand the point of this topicc .... I can't imagine why you would want to dye your chicks in the first place, if you want more colourful birds than quail buy some budgies or canaries.

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Post by Klaire on Sun Aug 17, 2008 10:31 pm

my thoughts exactly Suz Razz
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Post by bex46 on Sun Aug 17, 2008 10:39 pm

You could feed your quail colour eggfood which is for canaries,it turns white canaries pink.(i dont do it myself but i no it works)
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Post by Ronnie's Quails on Sun Aug 17, 2008 10:57 pm

i wasnt actaully going to do it, it just came up on my mind
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Post by andoy on Mon Aug 18, 2008 1:08 am

I'd rather have a permanent colour too. Anything that gives animals some discomfort for purely temporary aesthetic reason seems a bit cruel. It's a bit like giving someone plastic surgery without their consent.

It's quite popular in East Asia to dye all sorts of things from poodles to fish (a rather cruel and often lethal process of injecting dye). I've seen dyed birds (mainly finches and sparrows) in some markets and they look rather silly and unnatural. They are usually cheap birds sold for novelty. I don't know how they do it. I presume they apply the dye directly to the feathers.
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Post by Ronnie's Quails on Mon Aug 18, 2008 12:50 pm

andoy wrote:

It's quite popular in East Asia to dye all sorts of things from poodles to fish
sorry i found that funny who would color dye a fish you can get pink greena nd yellow fish and blue basically any color.
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Post by Klaire on Mon Aug 18, 2008 1:21 pm

Yea, but its the same with birds Razz
A quail is just one specific type of bird, as one specific type of fish may just be a few colours, so as Suz said "if you want more colourful birds than quail buy some budgies or canaries."
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Post by andoy on Mon Aug 18, 2008 1:28 pm

Well some people didn't think tropical fish were colourful enough Ronnie. Indeed fresh water tropical fish are generally less courful than tropical marine fish (which are much more expensive and more difficult to keep). Dyed fish are still in some shops here, but it's gladly very rare now as OATA has been campaigning against it for some time... http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/pfk/pages/campaign_details.php

on the subject of dying poodles, I found this article of a woman who got into trouble for dying her poodle pink...
http://www.dailycamera.com/news/2008/mar/10/boulders-pink-poodle-owner-ticketed/
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Post by Klaire on Mon Aug 18, 2008 1:34 pm

Hehe thats the funniest thing i've seen in a while..... Hmmm, how would Millie look in purple Razz
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Post by andoy on Mon Aug 18, 2008 1:38 pm

get crushing some blueberries and beet Claire Razz

Just don't let her near anything white for 2 months afterwards Laughing
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Post by Ronnie's Quails on Mon Aug 18, 2008 1:42 pm

lol aww poor cat, millie run while you can just keep running.
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