Got quail eggs in November and they hatched in early December. I fed them wild game bird starter as chicks and since they were about a month old I have had them on chick starter. I was hoping they would start laying around 8 weeks but they never did and I was starting to wonder if it was because of the longer nights and shorter days of winter, but in the last few weeks my chickens have started up laying like crazy again but still nothing from my quail. I am a beginner with quail and watched a bunch of youtube videos on how to tell male from female Coturnix quail apart and put 5 "females" in with 1 male. I have another pen with about 5 "males" in it. I have noticed I can get the foamy stuff from the one I thought was a male and none from any of the ones with him that I thought were females.
Here are pics of my supposed females:
Here are pics from a few in my group of "males" that I still can't get any foam to come out of. The rest from that pen of "males" I was able to get the foam
From what I had read I thought you could tell the males from the females based on the color of the breast and based on the presence or lack of spots on the breast. That is why I thought these last 2 were males, but I can't get any foam out of them.
I appreciate any and all advice on sexing these quail and also on ideas about why they aren't laying. I got these for meat but don't want to eat any until I have some fertilized eggs to replenish my numbers with.
Edited by kaywould - 3/2/16 at 7:14am