Processing Quail?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Pokes79, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. Pokes79

    Pokes79 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2009
    More of my A&M eggs hatched than expected. I have about 60 in the brooder and would like to thin them down and keep about 30 for eggs and breeding. My question is first how do I sex them because I would like to keep more females than males. Also what age is best for processing and should I feed them anything different before processing? I am feeding them the starter stuff right now.
  2. pixie74943

    pixie74943 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Adelaide, Australia
    [​IMG] I dont know.. but I'd like to
  3. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    I don't know about sexing the A&Ms, but processing usually is done around 8 weeks. You could check out Monarch's sticky at the top of the QUAIL section, she has info on A&Ms.

    ETA, I feed mine gamebird starter their whole life--it's 30%protein, and they need high protein ( above 24%)
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2009
  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    There is a video here on the BYC made by a member who raises alot of quail and has alot of knowledge. if you do a search I am sure you can find it, I saw it a long time ago and it was great and informative. Basicly it showed how to vent sex the males by a foaming vent. Try the search I think it will help you.

  5. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    For vent sexing, you need to wait until they are sexually mature which is around 6 weeks. but of course I had one batch that didn't start until close to 10 weeks.
  6. mamawolf544

    mamawolf544 Unbreakable Heart

    Apr 29, 2009
    alvarado, Tx
    The males have a lump by their earhole, very hard to see tho. I just keep some zip ties near their pens and when they crow I mark their leg.
  7. Kullas

    Kullas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2009
    Ellijay Ga.
  8. canter6

    canter6 Cooped up

    Oct 12, 2009
    If it crows, it's a roo, if it lays an egg it's a hen. That's how I sex my A&Ms.
    The whole "VENT" thing is complicated and creepy to me. I just don't have the eye for it.

    Now, the little browns are easy for me to sex at around 4 weeks by their brest color, but the white brested birds are a challange.
    Some times the hens like to trip you up. I have one pen of A&Ms. 4 hens and one roo. I know there is one roo in there because he crows, and does his other "roo stuff", but I get 5 eggs out of there every few days.
    The hens are taunting me!

    Never heard about the lump by the eare hole, but is less creepy than a vent. I should check that out.
  9. TechEdFireman

    TechEdFireman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Vent sexing is the only way I know to sex A&M's. They have to be over 6 weeks old, and "sexually" active; meaning they need to be crowing and day length needs to be long enough to have them "interested". I have A&M's right now I don't know what they are they turned of age in the last few weeks and the day is under 12-14 hours and too cold so if I try to vent sex them they don't have any foam.
  10. PetersonD

    PetersonD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 24, 2009
    Do you know about what the weight is on your breeder A & Ms?

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