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A&M Texas sexing help questions

Discussion in 'Quail' started by magsrags, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. magsrags

    magsrags Songster

    Aug 12, 2008
    Staten Island NY
    My 13, little 26 day old quail are thriving and I am enjoying observing them. There are some which are much bigger than the others. Am I correct in that the females will be larger than the roos will? When will I have a good idea which are the roos if ever before they "crow"? How old before I need to seperate them from eachother?
    Figured I'd ask all at once. [​IMG]

  2. mamawolf544

    mamawolf544 Unbreakable Heart

    Apr 29, 2009
    alvarado, Tx
    I'm so glad the little ones are doing so well. [​IMG]
    Normally the females are bigger but that is not always true. But I leave mine together for about 5 weeks, most of the time I have found all the crowers, LOL and I band there little leg. And by the time they are 6 weeks I put them in their proper cages.
  3. canter6

    canter6 Cooped up

    Oct 12, 2009
    The only way to know for 100% sure the sex is to vent sex your birds. This sticky https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=102281 has detailed instructions for doing that. Don't feel bad if you can't vent sex even with such good instructions, because I can't do it.
    Sexing by size is useless, for several reasons. Especially at a young age. Generally hens are larger than roos, but I have light hens and heavy roos.

    When will I have a good idea which are the roos if ever before they "crow"?

    Other than vent sexing you will have to wait till they crow. That can happen as early as 4 1/4 weeks, but late bloomers can take a lot longer than that and you may never catch them crowing unless you separate them from the rest of the birds. I built a special pen for this, which then doubles as bachelor pads. Before that, I just used a plastic tote to do the roo test.
    This time of year you will have to supply at least 14 hours of light a day, or the roos won't crow, and the hens will not lay.

    How old before I need to seperate them from eachother?

    That depends on pen space , roo to hen ratio, the temperament of the birds, and/or the planetary alignment of the solar system, or the price of gold.
    Generally speaking, 1 roo to 3-4 hens, and about 1 square foot of floor space per bird. I use 2 ft. by 2 ft pens, so I calculate things based more on temperament of the birds. 1 roo to 3 hens in 4 square feet is optimal. 1R+4H=Fine. I can over stuff 2R+6H in 4 Square feet, but, not for the novice or faint of heart.​
  4. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    Dec 16, 2008
    Quote:yep usually the girls are bigger but the best way is to watch for crowing. I find often if I take one bird out of the cage sometimes the roos will then crow as if to call to the one that is missing, I then either band them or put some bluekote on the boys heads.
  5. magsrags

    magsrags Songster

    Aug 12, 2008
    Staten Island NY
    Funny thing happened today!
    It has been beautiful the past couple of days since our nor'easter left after howling winds for 2 days. Sun was shining and I decided today was a good day to take my little 13 outside. I have a small, spare basement room I brood in to keep the mess down. The air cleaner can't keep up with the dust anymore so out they had to go. I figured they are all feathered out now so it's a good time to make the move.
    I have a large rabbit cage for their next stage in life until I seperate them. I can roll it in and out of my garage into my yard.
    I made them a comfortable little habitat inside it and placed it 1/2 in the sun and 1/2 shade so they could climatize themselves this afternoon.
    Finally got them all in there and sat for a bit to see what they would do.
    Suddenly 2 of them began what I believe might be "the roo call". One of them has actually been a favorite of mine so far, he is now called Casper. Pure white with no spots and the only one. The absolute smallest from the hatch as well, I didn't think he'd make it but he did and is a might mite.
    Come nite time I rolled them into my garage with a 100 watt bulb to keep them comfy if they get too cool.... and they so far seem content. I am happy for such nice weather to get them started in.
    They did a lot of dust bathing in my mix of DE and sand I put in a shallow box. Even found them some good brush to peck around in that still has some green leaves.
    So far so good!

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