Choosing a Male

Discussion in 'Quail' started by teradragon, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. teradragon

    teradragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    So I am going to halve the numbers of my quail (A&M) in the next couple of weeks. I need to choose a male to keep. I want to keep one which is all white (in my avatar). He isn't albino, but will he be fertile? The only reason is that he is mild mannered and not aggressive. The other big boy in the group is showing signs of aggression already and I don't think he will make a good cage mate.

    Any experience welcome!

    Thanks.
     
  2. WaterfowlWierdo

    WaterfowlWierdo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two very docile roosters that are infact fertile, I would stick with your white one that you like.
     
  3. teradragon

    teradragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Awesome. I was concerned with the fact that he was all white. It won't have an effect will it?
     
  4. sal garcia

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    Is it a male or female?
     
  5. WaterfowlWierdo

    WaterfowlWierdo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like a female
     
  6. WaterfowlWierdo

    WaterfowlWierdo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont think it will, I have one pure white hen.
     
  7. sal garcia

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    [​IMG] male or female?
     
  8. James the Bald

    James the Bald Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Introduce the roo to the hens and watch his behavior. He will eventually do his thing.

    James
     
  9. teradragon

    teradragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    They are all in together already James, I have 5 male and 3 female (just going off noise they make and behavior) I will do (or attempt to) vent sex. Is 7 weeks old enough for that?
     
  10. James the Bald

    James the Bald Chillin' With My Peeps

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    7 weeks should be enough time. What I've done with my roos, is I'll stand patiently by the cage, and when a roo stretches out his neck and crows, I'll reach in and grab him out. I have A&M's, so it's easy to mark them with a sharpie down the middle of their back. I know you have A&M's as well, but other varieties with dark feathers can be banded by a zip tie on the leg (not too tight). It can be banded loosely so as not to cut off any circulation and cut into the quails leg, but not too loose that it falls off. Once you have your males banded (or color coded), you can observe them for several days to determine which one will be your stud. Pull out non-studs and put them into a separate cage until you are 100% positive that your roo isn't going to be aggressive. Keeping all of the males in the same cage, the roos will fight amoungst themselves an not pay any attention to the hens.
    Initially, all of my guys were weighed, and the largest were retained (anything less than 14oz became dinner). One word of caution though, you may consider keeping all of your roos until you are sure of the temperment of your stud. I delayed culling until I was sure mine wasn't too aggressive, and I'm glad I did because the quail I nicknamed T-Rexas A&M injured the wing of one of my hens, and he ended up tasting great with grilled mushrooms.
    James
     

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