Just when you think you have them figured out! Coturnix riddle!!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Wolf-Kim, May 10, 2009.

  1. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, so here's some fun stuff for you and me to puzzle on.

    I have AM Coturnix quail. I had a fox attack, and lost all but one quail. Luckily, I had 30 eggs in the incubator. The one survivor, laid an egg every day. So obviously, the one survivor is a female. Or so we would think... -_-

    Later I added three more quail from that hatch. I sexed them by looking for the foam, tagged the only one that foamed. So I thought I had a male and two females.

    Well, today I went out there and the one male was standing in the corner plucked and hiding. So I grab him and take him out, thinking that one of his hatch mates was a male. I start checking for foam... the banded male, the surviving female, and another "female" all foam and foam prefusely.

    WTH!?!? I get at least 2 eggs a day out of this pen. So shouldn't there be at least 2 females!?!

    Do I have a hermaphrodite or two? Could the surviving female have changed into a male? These guys have thrown me for a loop! Someone have an explanation!?!

    Do female quail foam?? Because I always thought it was only males that did.

    Just when you think you have your birds figured out, they blind side you!

    -Kim
     
  2. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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  3. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

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    um........................
     
  4. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Figures... [​IMG]


    LOL

    I'm going to have to put them up in individual cages and see just how many hermaphrodite quail, egg laying, foam producing quail I have. LOL I have a new strain of quail.. XD

    -Kim
     
  5. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

    Mar 14, 2009
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    Don't tell Niki!
     
  6. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    I know the answer to this......



    when a roo mates the hens (and other roos) he inserts foam into their vents.


    The hens spew foam on me all the time..it's disgusting [​IMG]

    ETA: Riddle Broken [​IMG]
     
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  7. NancyDz

    NancyDz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh man I was waiting for one of the "it"s to fertilize it's own egg [​IMG]
     
  8. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

    Mar 14, 2009
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    darn, thats too easy!!!!
     
  9. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    EEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWW Icky

    I dont like animals that spew anything on me. Thats why though I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE sevral breeds of dog I have never owned them .. Like mastifs and st bernards and newfees

    its bad enought that the cortunix use to dribble water puke on me if i startled them when I picked them up ,,, NEver startle a quail with a full stomic.
     
  10. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking that was the case.. but that doesn't explain why 3 females have ganged up on the "only" male to the point I had to remove him from the cage. I'll recheck them today and see what I can find.

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