Prior to last night we believed we had 33 coturnix quail 5 male and 28 female. Over the last few weeks we have been noticing our Hens seem to be being harassed more that one might expect with that roo to hen ratio. And we have been wondering if maybe the breeder that sold us the birds was not as fastidious as I was when checking the sex of the birds. So last night I decided to check each birds sex and low and behold we actually had 9 roo's and 24 hens. So we decided to separate out the males and put them in our extra coop that we built for growing out our bird between brooder and freezer camp. Then for the next 3 hours they proceeded to crow constantly. The really did not seem to like living with out the hens. We were already thinking about getting some eggs from a breeder in east Michigan to cut down on in-breading and culling our male birds from our local breeder. So after not being able to sleep because of the noise we made the final decision to cull all of the males and we will work this weekend to make our incubator and maybe try to get some eggs started. This will give my girls some time to recover from the abuse our miscalculation caused and allow us ensure the health of future generations. My question to all of you is how do you all rotate your flock to lesson in-breading?