I am getting ready to pair up the 3 surviving fallows for breeding. They have turned out to be pretty, wild type, fallows that do not seem to suffer from the blindness or weakness often reported for this mutation. I am hoping to continue to strengthen the mutation by careful breeding.
The 3 surviving fallow chicks are doing very well. I think they are wild colored fallows but am still guessing on that since fallow photos online are hard to come by of the different mutations with this gene. I also ended up with a very light chick in the same batch that might be ivory.
I had four fallow button quail chicks hatch out yesterday: 6/8/15– 🙂 If a couple thrive, I should have the basis to set up a fallow button quail breeding program. They have their flaws (poor vision, sparse down, less able to compete with other button quail and may do poorly in an aviary depending on how well they can see). That said, the dilute effect is quite beautiful and I think it worth while to continue to try and strengthen the mutation through cross breeding back to normal colors to see if the vision issues can be reduced or eliminated over time. Working for darker eyes as some breeders have done, would also theoretically help with the vision issues. I will try to post photos as they grow. They are less than 1 day old in the feature photo.
Pair #1 produced some beautiful chicks. They also produced a male of a color that I have not seen in person before. I believe the color is likely “Smoky”. Smoky is a combination of 3 mutations: blueface, cinnamon and silver. The best way I can describe this fellow is to say he is lighter than a slate button quail with a cinnamon overtone. I do not have the “ideal” mate for him to try and get more of this color currently. So for now, he will be paired with either a single factor or double factor slate female (both hens are offspring of pair #3 and it is unknown whether either bird carries cinnamon). The other bird in these photos is slate in color.
This is perhaps my favorite button quail pair. The female is a bit small because she was ill as a chick and almost died…but she is just really cute. I paired her up with a male from California. And no eggs….
In one of the Colorado button quail eggs, I got a surprise. All of my slates up to this point have been solid silver gray (males will have a few pink feathers near the vent/underside) or silver gray scalloped if slate pearl.
This male, has pink creeping up his belly, somewhat like a silver red breasted would…but blueface seems to mask colors so I’m not even sure if silver blueface red breasted is possible.