Calico Fee Coturnix Quail Eggs - Southwest Gamebirds

Calico Fee Hatching Eggs


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While it is unclear exactly how old the Calico gene is, it was first isolated and named by Dana Manchester in the United States in 2012. It has since been found in Germany and Australia. The gene was re-imported into the US in 2020 by K.Dale Coturnix. The Fee gene was discovered separately in Germany around the same time. Calico Fee by Southwest Gamebirds was curated in 2021 and released to the public in 2022. In 2020, the Calico gene was re-discovered in the Southwest Gamebirds flock in a single bird related to the German Pastel Collection. Through a multi-generation breeding project, Calico was isolated and crossed with Fee to develop a strikingly unique monochrome bird. This line of Calico Fee is unrelated to our pure Calico line.

Calico Fee has lighter plumage than a standard Falb Fee bird, with a different plumage pattern. Most notably, it exaggerates the striation on the ventral plumage, giving the birds a unique elliptical pattern on their backs. The Calico mutation lightens the ventral and facial plumage, giving females a similar appearance to males, but males are still easily distinguished by the sharp gray crescent pattern or mask on their facial plumage. For inexperienced keepers, we recommend vent sexing Calico Fee until you are familiar with the subtle plumage differences.

What to expect: 100% Calico Fee. While it is always possible for Calico to carry other recessive mutations, we have not observed this in our flock.

We ship all Calico Fee quail eggs with care in custom foam for insulation and protection during transport. The post office can be unpredictable, but this shipping method gives your eggs the best chance of maintaining viability, and we always include extra eggs free of charge when available. Our goal is to provide the best quality bloodlines to hobbyists and breeders of all sizes.