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Vent sexing: can females produce "foam?"

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I separated my males into a separate cage, & today an egg showed up in there! Their cage is in a separate location, and they have all been vent sexed (multiple times each.)  After finding the egg, I re-checked every bird.  All of them produce foam at their vents--some more, some less.  (None of them are able to be sexed by plumage.) Is it possible for a female to produce a small amount of foam at her vent site?  I thought all foam was semen.  If not, do females also have the ability to produce another foam-type substance, in a smaller amount?  A few of the "male" birds only had a little....could one of those be a female?


Edited by Heyruthie - 2/13/16 at 8:31pm
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As far as I know, females don't produce foam, but if they've recently been mated by a male, there will be foam in their vents. So yes, probably one of those with less foam is a female.

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Aha!  Of course.  Now I feel silly.  OK, well, I'll just keep separating them further until I figure out which "guy" is a "gal!"  Thank you.

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