how can you tell gender difference in a button quail?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by mates5, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. mates5

    mates5 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 11, 2011
    I have two quail and they have eggs but i do not know if the eggs will be fertilized or not.
    how can you tell if you have male or female button quail?
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    There are several Button experts on the quail forums, I am not one of them, Someone should be along shortly to answer this question. [​IMG]
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Most of the 'button experts' have gotten tired of the drama [​IMG]

    You should be able to find the information in one of the stickies, but I'll give you the basics.

    1) Only males get red/rust/pink colored feathers around their vents.

    2) Usually only males get a white bib under their chins, but not all color varieties get them and some females (mainly silvers) have been known to get these too. Notice the bird in front of the below pic. That is a wild-colored male. The bird behind it is also male but does not have a bib. That male is a cinnamon blueface and the blueface variety does not get bibs.

    3) Only males make this sound: Button quail crow

    There are other 'defining' factors, but this should cover almost all color varieties.

    Last edited: Jul 13, 2011

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