Category Archives: button quail color mutations

The Fallows all grown up :)

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.

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Fallow Button Quail aka Pink Eyed Dilute Chicks!

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.

4 fallow button quail chicks in with red breasted, cinnamon and wild colored
4 fallow button quail chicks in with red breasted, cinnamon and wild colored

Photos of Chicks from April 2015 Button Quail Hatch

Hatch April 12-14, 2015

Sample photos of chicks produced by each pair.

Pair 4 Chicks

Pair 6 Chicks

Pair 7 Chicks (4/4 eggs)

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The Elusive Smoky Button Quail

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.

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A Red Breasted Slate Button Quail… Is this Possible?

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.

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