Calico Coturnix Quail Eggs - Southwest Gamebirds

Calico 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. To develop the line of pure Calico offered by Southwest Gamebirds, we bred Calico quail from imported German stock with a US production line to improve the size and conformation of the birds as well as egg production characteristics. While Calico quail have historically been in the bantam weight class, birds from this line are seated comfortably in the standard class and lay an average sized egg. This line of pure Calico is unrelated to our Calico Fee line.

What to expect: 100% Calico, with a small percentage also diluted with Roux. While it is always possible for Calico to carry other recessive mutations, we have not observed this in our flock. Any Roux Calico that hatch will be female, and are likely the result of a single male carrier in our flock.

We ship all Calico 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.