First hybrid chick between Japanese quail and Harlequin quail

The pictures reported hereunder represents a day old chick resulting from the crossing between 1-0 Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) ‘Sparkley’ mutant and 0-1 Harlequin quail (Coturnix delegorguei).
They were many eggs but unfortunately only one was fertile …
The objective was trying to bring the ‘Sparkley’ gene of the Japanese quail into the African harlequin quail. (Coturnix delegorguei).
This mutation being inherently dominant, the probability of getting a mutant hybrid was 50%. The chick is born on September 7th, 2019.

The same bird aged 11 days. Photographed on September 18th, 2019.
Sometimes difficult to make them keeping his eyes open when taking the picture… but already clear to notice that the breast-pigmentation is not of a normal “wildtype” bird.
It is therefore a hybrid with the mutant gene!

The second stroke of luck: the hybrid carries the gene Sparkley and .. it’s a male!
This makes absolutely no doubt on those pictures taken at 45 days of life, October 21th, 2019.
This hybrid is absolutely incredible.

More pictures are visible in this post: HERE

Outside laying cages installations overview

I have some outdoor breeding cage-blocks which are sheltered from rain and drafts while being in the open air.
The animals benefit from natural light and keep pace with the seasons without dimmed artificial lightening. They are:
1 block of 15 trios of Northern bobwhites (Colinus virginianus)
1 block of 12 pairs of Chukar partridges (Alectoris chukar)
4 blocks of 15 trios of Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica)
1 block composed of two thermoregulated chick maternities for very little chicks and 3 growing cages for older chicks.
Below are a few pictures I have taken in 2019 and also three little films :

5 months old female of “Celadon” Japanese quail

Out of the only 5 fertile “Celadon” eggs I received from the U.S.A.
I hatched 4 males and only one female.
As a reminder: all the other eggs were no longer fertile because of the much too long transit time caused by “administrative delays” I would say!
Since all the imported eggs were Celadon, the chicks born from them could have been pure or only carrying for the gene. Impossible to say it directly for the males but the female … directly laid Celadon eggs, so she was a pure one!
Yes, sometimes we must have luck …
Below are some snapshots of the bird photographed at just 5 months of age.