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Post by Queries_About_Quails on Thu Jan 31, 2008 12:50 am

Hi all, if we decide to hatch eggs from unrelated birds, would the offspring be brother and sisters? Which means we can't breed them?

Thanks for any help.

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Re: Blood lines

Post by Suz on Thu Jan 31, 2008 2:05 am

that would depend on a few things - such as how many unrelated males & females made up your breeding group, - 1 male : 4 females - makes all offspring half siblings, obviously the more males & females in a group the chicks are less likely to be siblings.

It is however much better to have at least 2 breeding pens going at a time. Pen 1 would have males from source A and females from source B, and Pen 2 birds from source C & D, then these pens chicks would be bred together.


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Post by Ironsun on Thu Jan 31, 2008 11:57 am

Hi,

I would class any offspring from one breeding group brother and sister, as you can not guarantee any of the parentage.

I either buy in eggs from other breeders for unrelated males or buy young adult males. I always breed my own replacement females, as I know they have come from unrelated breeding groups.

Inbreeding only reduces the size of quail, they are not as strong/healthy as birds bred from unrelated birds.Eggs are less fertile and hatching is difficult, so it's not really worth the time and effort in incubating eggs from siblings/ siblings.

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Post by lottie on Thu Mar 13, 2008 7:59 pm

I guess its easier to understand when you physically have them in separate housing Smile Well it is for me.

My newly hatched quail will, when old enough, have bought in males from a different bloodline. As I have different colours - I might not be able to 'marry' them up with the same colour male - so I guess that is not important really, I might be able to do that with future offspring.

Just a silly question - do quails stick to their own breed. i.e. would a Japanese mate with a Bobtail? I don't intend to do this - just wondered.
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Post by internet_nobody on Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:10 pm

They can't crossbreed...cos they're different species.
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Post by Suz on Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:16 pm

Bobwhite & Japanese quail shouldn't be housed together, they have different housing requirements

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Post by lottie on Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:01 pm

Thanks for that - as I said I have no intention of having Bobtails or housing any mix of quail in with others I was just inquisitive as there seems to be so many different coloured Japanese quail around - all lovely colours and I appear to have 4 different colours - but I assume they will all be fine together as they are all Japanese - and hatched together. I also presume that I could group the colours (if I could find the same colour male) - to ensure one particular colour could be guaranteed.

Or maybe not - its nice on a 'new journey' discovering all sorts of things.

And it revived this bloodlines thread - which will be of interest to new members I am sure.

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