Quail changing sex

Discussion in 'Quail' started by melissa41927, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. melissa41927

    melissa41927 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    first of all i have 13 coturnix quail. they started laying about 4 wks ago. we separated all the males but two out of the breeding pen. before that we were getting 6 eggs a day and for about a wk after we were getting 6 eggs. we also banded all of the males. after about 2 wks, another one started crowing that was not banded. then we started getting only 5 eggs. is it possible that one of the hens switched sexes? there were 6 hens and 2 males in the breeding pen after we separated the extra males out.
     
  2. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i highly doubt that quail change sexes, maybe one of the quail was laying 2 eggs? so it was only 5 laying but you were getting 6 eggs.
     
  3. gamebirdboy

    gamebirdboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, they just aren't laying as good. Five eggs for six hens is pretty good. They don't always lay an egg a day.
     
  4. That would be a medical marvel. I think the only state that quail can change sex legaly is California. Ha Ha uh uuggh.

    Sorry once a roo always a roo. And once a hen always a hen.
     
  5. gamebirdboy

    gamebirdboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did any of them travel to a clinic in Sweden?

    Seriously, I think the more likely answer is that they are probably hard to sex and you just got one wrong. It happens to the best of them, no doubt.
     

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