bobwhite sex change?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by aprophet, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has anybody ever seen a bobwhite male start to molt and then come back in as a female ? [​IMG]
     
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  2. bella1210

    bella1210 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    no but i just started doing bobwhites
     
  3. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Yes, I saw that back in 1969 .......on an acid trip! [​IMG] Sorry, couldn't resist. That's something that's impossible. They can act like the other sex but will not become the other sex.
     
  4. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This one was mating with a female first of the year making fertile eggs. Maybe he has not colored out all the way yet I was reading about a female losing the ovary they start out life with and switching to the other one and in the process having a few male characteristics then settling out back to a female. I was just wondering ??? thanks
     
  5. wpalmisano

    wpalmisano Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Perhaps off topic but there are quite a few cases of ring neck pheasant hens who molt into male patterns when there is a rooster shortage. However, they are not male, do not grow the wattles and don't have spurs. I have never heard of Bobs doing it, and I raise them. I wonder what the ratio in ( I assume they are in a colony) your cage is ?
     
  6. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:they were a trio one male 2 females
     
  7. Quail's Hollar Farm

    Quail's Hollar Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, it is common, so don't worry it's especially common with peafowl.
     

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