Colour and gender of Chinese Quails?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by teiiluj, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. teiiluj

    teiiluj New Egg

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    These are my first quail chicks [​IMG] How can I tell the gender and what colour they will be? They are nearly 4 weeks old. Thanks!

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  2. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    This is probably the most common question button quail keepers ask. You should do some more button quail research I'd start with this site. Not picking on you but this is a question you should probably already know the answer to before you start keeping buttons.

    There are so many color phases that no one can tell you what color a bird will be until it's fully molted around 7-8 weeks. What you see now is a good indication but often patches of color or bibs will disappear after the first molt so you'll just have to wait it out.

    Regarding sexing button quail there are only a few color that sex by color and everything else must be vent sexed. Bibs under the chins mean it's a male...Except when it's not a male. Red feathers around the vent usually mean it's a male...unless it's a female. You see what I'm getting at here? People mess with the colors too much to be able to say for sure by color at that age. You should learn to vent sex if you plan to keep button quail and you'll be much better off. There are lot of threads here on BYC on sexing birds, you just have to search for them.
     

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