Male or Female Button Quail Chicks?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by judithfoster62, Jun 29, 2016.

  1. judithfoster62

    judithfoster62 Out Of The Brooder

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    Can anyone tell me if these 4 week old chicks are male or female please?
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  2. DK newbie

    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1) male
    2) female.. probably.
    3) female.. probably
    4) male
    Last two, I can't tell. Males have rust red feathers around their vent (like 1 and 4) - unless they are white down there (like 6). 5 might have color down there, but I can't tell from the pictures. For 2 and 3, I don't see any red feathers and the rest of their bodies appear to have female coloration, but I recently purchased a male (red feathers around the vent) that is somewhat similar to 3 in color, so I'd check their vents just to be sure. For 6, you will probably have to sex it by behavior.
     
  3. AvicultureGreg

    AvicultureGreg Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello! A front view of the first one may be helpful, it looks like a blue-faced mutation. The male blue faces have a bluish color on their breast, and the females have no hint of blue, they are just brownish. The second looks like a golden pearl mutation, at this point it definately looks like a female because the males develop a black and white beard on ther chin. The third looks like a red breast mutation, also definately a female. With the fourth it looks like a tuxedo and I can't be sure, but if there are reddish brown feathers around its vent, it would be a male. With the fifth and sixth, they are white which cannot easily be sexed, but you will know if they lay eggs!
     

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