Do male quail know?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by KyleD., May 1, 2009.

  1. KyleD.

    KyleD. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well i havent seen my roo do any of his "duties" what so ever. My moms friend is over and without me knowing her 2 girls were trying to pet them. I got out there ansd explained they don't need to be petted and they try and explain how goofy one was. They said one hopped on top of another and started grabbing the back of her head. I'm assuming breeding. So should i be expecting eggies soon?
     
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  2. duckncover

    duckncover Duck Obsessed

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  3. KyleD.

    KyleD. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol i know it was mating from what they described to me. I'm just asking if mating results in eggs? Like will a roo breed a female that isn't ready to lay?
     
  4. KyleD.

    KyleD. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I showed that video to the girls [​IMG] they're to young to know any better and they said thats what it looked like so now im certain it was mating.
     
  5. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    You'll get eggs soon but it still could be a week or 2.
     
  6. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    yes male coturnix know when hens are ready to lay (she will lay very shortly like akane said).


    Hens do a "im ready" call that I just learned about reciently and now when I hear my hens do it now i finnally know what it means. It's kind of funny though before I knew what hte call meant I had been calling it "the egg call" because the hens normally did it after they layed an egg. But now I know that when I hear it when they arent even laying yet (and I see the roo mating) that eggs are coming soon! [​IMG]

    It kind of sounds like they are hurt (the egg cry) it's like "chew! chew! chew! chew chew!" it goes from low pitch to high pitch within just a few seconds then they stop.
     
  7. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    edited to add have you noticed any foam yet? (look where their poo lands look for foam) if you see it you'll know that the roos fertile as well (it's not sperm but it' aids the sperm to the hen).
     
  8. KyleD.

    KyleD. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm i'll be here all day tomorrow so im going to try and listen very carefully!
     
  9. KyleD.

    KyleD. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No foam yet. That i know of. All the poop usually ends up on the ground lol.
     
  10. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    KyleD. :

    No foam yet. That i know of. All the poop usually ends up on the ground lol.

    If theres no foam the eggs won't be fertile for a while if that's really what the girls saw him doing. My only concern is you showed me a picture of your boy he looks a little too young to be mating yet but hey maybe he's an early bloomer [​IMG] YOu can also flip him over and look at his vent if it's swollen (i mean bad swollen like abscess lookign swollen) he's breeding age/ready.​
     

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