Button sexing, again, lol

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Bettacreek, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    Alright, running through my pictures of my adult buttons, I realised that the males had started to develop the vent feathers at about three weeks. My current batch is 5 weeks, and I'm not seeing any red vent feathers. I know for sure that the ivory red breast is a hen, simply because this bird is identical to my older gal. I know my luck isn't good enough to have ended up with all females, so, umm, why no red vents? I have cinnamons, two that I'm unsure of, silvers a slate and ivories. I'm not even seeing bibs on them (except for the one ivory), but I remember my original batch developed them later on the males (I think).

    ETA: Nope, I went through the pics again, and my first two males had bibs starting to show at 4 weeks. [​IMG]
     
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  2. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:The cinnamons if any where roos at this age i'd assume they wouuld already start showing the blue feathering. SO if they look just like a cinnamon hen im going to bet all hens. Because a cinnamon roo looks a lot like a wild button colored roo cept with cinnamon tinting. Should have the bib and all that jaz [​IMG] The roos would have really dark vents and tail. http://www.zebrafinch.com/NewButtonquail/Cinnamon.html

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    for silver and slate...im crap help there. Other than that most silvers have bibs, cept blue faced silvers may or may not have bibs......okay im going to shut up now because im not good with those colors LOL!!!



    ETA: where did buttonquailhaven go to i havent seen her in forever!?
     
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  3. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    Thank you. [​IMG] Buttons are such a pain in the butt, I don't know why I haven't completely given up on trying to figure out genders and colors yet, lol. I'm almost to the breaking point though, my 12 weekers (or are they 10 or 11 weeks...?) still haven't done anything, no crowing or anything, the brats. So, for now, I'm going to count the cinnies as all hens (yay, lol), and the others, I guess I'll just be unsure for now. Heck, I'm still unsure on genders of my whites. [​IMG]
    I'm not sure where BQH went either, I was wondering about that the other day. My incubator is almost empty and I'll have room to try for curlies again, lol. Hopefully everything is ok with her. [​IMG]
     
  4. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:welcome tho i wasnt much help! LOL! I hope everything is okay with her too. Citalk2much I think lives near her and knows her, we'll have to ask her...who i havent seen her on today either! LOL!
     
  5. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    Well, I did a super thorough check, and it looks like two of my cinnies *might* be males, but I'm not sure. The one that I can't identify (the older one) is a male, just barely starting to get red vent feathers in. I haven't been able to find anything that looks like this bird and the younger one (they're the same type), so I'm assuming that they need more time to mature and get their adult feathers in. If I'm right and the two cinnies are both males, then at least one of them will be snake food, poor guy.
     
  6. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:LOL i'd rather see a button be food than a chicken chick sure it's still sad but something pulls at my heart strings more when a fuzzy chicken chick is being gobbled up than it does a spazzy button lol I'm mean. LOL
     
  7. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    Lmfao, I feel exactly the same way. I'm not sure how I'm going to handle killing and processing coturnix, but I swear, some days I feel like bonking the buttons and just processing them because they drive me nuts. If they weren't my breeder birds, I probably would have already. I certainly don't see the buttons as pets, but the coturnix are so calm, they could easily be considered pets. [​IMG] Why couldn't the larger birds be so flighty and annoying?!
     

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