Process for separating males from females

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Roseamore, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. Roseamore

    Roseamore New Egg

    Mar 1, 2016
    NSW Australia
    Hi guys!

    I'm new to keeping quails. My first set have survived hatch and infancy and are now on their third day outside.

    Of my flock 11 are golden. That will make sexing and separating easy.

    The rest are all tuxedo or tibetan and I know that will be harder.

    My question to everyone is; do you have a particular process for identifying and separating males and females. Do you have a particular pen set up? Do you separate as you happen to notice behaviour indicators or do you try to do it in one run?

    At what age?

    At the moment my chicks are 3 weeks old so i have them all running in one 1m by 1.3m tractor.
  2. fishforbrains

    fishforbrains Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 4, 2015
    I've only been at it for a year, but I remove the cocks at 5 weeks, which is when it's quite obvious which are which and is also when the cocks start crowing and trying to kill each other.
  3. Roseamore

    Roseamore New Egg

    Mar 1, 2016
    NSW Australia
    Thanks for your insight :)

    I was a bit worried about how obvious it would be with my less distinctly marked babies.
  4. Irajoe

    Irajoe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2009
    South Carolina
    I determine the sex of quail at about 5 weeks, though some start crowing a full week or so earlier. I separate the females and males at the same time. If I have any doubts about the sexing, then I separate the quail in doubt to see if it crows. If the female are out of earshot of the males, the males seem to get along very well.

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