How to mark male quail?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by HidingInTheHenHouse, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. HidingInTheHenHouse

    HidingInTheHenHouse Songster

    393
    4
    131
    Jun 21, 2008
    Indianapolis
    So my boys are starting to crow, and I want to be able to identify which ones are male at a glance so I know how many I will keep, and how many for breeding. What should I use to "mark" the ones that are male? I don't have any leg bands that go that small.

    What do all you guys do?
     

  2. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    5,772
    21
    269
    Dec 16, 2008
    westchester
    I keep a bottle of Bluekote and spray a bit on the neck of all my males after I see them crow. Not pretty but it works well.
     
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    23,381
    48
    351
    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    I got a bag of 4" zipties and put one around the leg when I see them crow.
     
  4. CARS

    CARS Songster

    I use zip ties also. You can buy them in many different colors from any automotive parts store. (autozone, napa, checkers, etc. I bet the area Walmart has them in the automotive section of the store)
     
  5. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

    7,993
    10
    261
    May 2, 2009
    Desert, CA
    I have a can of 5 colored zipties from the hardware store for led banding, boys get blue. Once I decide which are breeders and which go to the grow out pen, breeders get a yellow and blue. Hens get pink and then green for keepers. If you vent sex as chicks, you can get a food color marker set, and put a dot on them, boys blue, girls purple, I cant seem to even get mini zip ties on newborn chick feet. [​IMG]
     
  6. zhekaz

    zhekaz In the Brooder

    14
    0
    22
    Aug 30, 2009
    MN
    Will zip ties work for button quails? Their legs so tiny...
     
  7. kingmt

    kingmt Songster

    1,670
    27
    173
    May 1, 2009
    Mason WV
    Quote:[​IMG] & yes they will pull down to nothing but leave them loose on there legs.

    It seems like everyone has the same questions all at once around here. I use the zip strips also but for quail I would only mark my hen breeders because everyone else is going to be dinner & I don't think the zip strips taste very good. I have used them to bake but not for taste.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by