My sexing experiment

Discussion in 'Quail' started by cluckincrazy, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. cluckincrazy

    cluckincrazy Out Of The Brooder

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    I tried to vent sex my A&Ms. Not much luck. I have 1 male brown but he was too foamy for a good comparison and all the A&Ms looked the same to me.
    One A&M male was crowing so that was easy. I started trying to match behavior to my Browns. One (and only one) white bird was always pretty chill so I figured she was a girl. The remaining 4 were crazy and aggressive. I separated the biggest aggressors and I figured that I had 5 males and 1 female [​IMG]. I was able to isolate all but 2 birds. I assumed they were both males. The next morning I found a soft open egg in the pen with 2 birds. The next day there was another soft egg in that pen. I went away for a night and came home to 3 eggs from that pen (collected by my DH). There were another 2 eggs today. My Browns (who are a week older) were inspired and gave me their first egg today. The 1 A&M "girl" has yet to produce an egg.
    My sexing experiment has taught me that:
    1. I cannot vent sex yet
    2. I cannot behavior sex (without the obvious eggs or crowing)
    3. I need yet another cage if I continue the wait and see approach
    4. I finally need an incubator (or a silkie, or an enhancement)
     
  2. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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  3. fitzy

    fitzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's funny....I practiced vent sexing with my brown coturnix before trying it on the a&ms. First (like you) i removed the obvious ones that crowed at me....after that came the real fun....gotta watch out for the sh*t rockets they like to fire at you! In the end I got somewhere between a 1:5 and a 1:3 ratio so i just left it that way.
     
  4. cluckincrazy

    cluckincrazy Out Of The Brooder

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    Couldn't find my safety goggles so I stuck with the wait and see approach. Thankfully I have 4 females, 1 male and 1 unknown. It was a good lesson. What a difference a few days make!
     

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