New sexing idea.... Give me your thoughts please

Discussion in 'Quail' started by diggerduck, May 25, 2011.

  1. diggerduck

    diggerduck Songster

    Apr 21, 2011
    Marion, IL.
    I like to give my A&Ms meal worms about once a week and have noticed a behavior that is comical. The roos will not eat the worms, they pick them up and start to giggle until one of the hens comes and takes it out of their beak. I thought I had one roo and five hens until I started to notice a bald " hen " doing the giggle and giving of the worm. If hens don't normally give up the meal worm could I use this as a decent way of sexing them without violating them ( vent sexing )? Just a thought. Let me know what ya think, thanks, Steve.
  2. mhwc56

    mhwc56 Songster

    Aug 5, 2010
    my house in maryland
    that's an interesting observation.....i'll have to give it a try.
  3. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Crowing

    Mar 2, 2009
    That Is Certainly Roo Behavior... Just Couldnt Say For Sure If It Works 100% Of The Time?? Also Maybe A Tad Hard For Many Newbees To Pick Up Right Away, But Is A Definate Contender
  4. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

    Feb 6, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    That's what goes on in my Coturnix's so cute. The males bring the mealworms to the hens (some are pigs) but the whole room makes an odd sound of chorking. Tuesdays and Sundays here are very calming [​IMG]
  5. joe125

    joe125 Songster

    Sep 20, 2010
    So...there is a 3rd option for sexing non color sex able coturnix? Vent sexing, beer sexing and..........Meal worm sexing?

    I never poopoo something I have never tried before [​IMG] accurate is this "Meal Worm" sexing?

    I have started looking up their shirts....rubbing for foam and all that.

    Gosh darn it! I need me some meal worms! I'll try anything twice, maybe more if I have had enough [​IMG]
  6. diggerduck

    diggerduck Songster

    Apr 21, 2011
    Marion, IL.
    Remodeled the quail pen this morning, due to thinking I had a hen crow.... Tried the meal worm test and two would pick up worms and giggle until another confirmed hen took the worm. Then like lightning, they would mount the hen. SOOOOOO I divided the pen and now each roo has a couple girls all to himself. As soon as the girls hit the floor with the roos it was like some bad quail porn, just without the cheesy music. After watching this it made me wonder if having a bad roo/hen ratio actually affected the amount that they would breed.

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