I know you all have been wondering since my last blog post whether the picture of the yellow “quail” was real or I just got confused as to my type of birds. Who ever heard of a yellow quail?
White Coturnix quail when they are born are yellow. As they grows, the yellow feathers are replaced with white ones. This starts within a week of being born.
The White Coturnix quail was developed from a breeding program at A & M Texas University. Their goal was to develop a dual purpose quail, one good for meat and egg production. A recessive gene causes them to be white. You can have white with markings (pied or panda) or pure white. The pure white are rarer than marked white birds. Which do we have? Don’t know you will have to stay tuned till they reach the 8 weeks old.
I know you all have been wondering how many have died on us. When I bought them I was very concerned about keeping them alive due to our success or lack of with baby chickens. They are now two weeks old and so far none have died. Little did I know when I started this adventure that quail when they are born are little mini adults. They are quite healthy at birth and independent. They only need the mother quail for warmth.
While they are all alive, we have one who has been placed in the infirmary. He was found laying on its side and the other birds walking on top of him. After examination, it was determined that his wing had become dislocated. So he was separated from the other quail in order to help him heal up. At first he couldn’t maintain his balance but after being feed water, feed and some “Colloidal Silver” as a precaution. Within an hour, he regained his strength and was able to stand and move around. Only time will tell if the wing will return to its normal position or if it will always protrude outwards.