Sexing baby quail? Genetics, feathers...?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Mama Austranought, May 19, 2011.

  1. Mama Austranought

    Mama Austranought Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have noticed some of my young quails are feathering up quicker than others. Is this an indicator of sex? I just know that in chickens, girls feather up quicker than boys. Is this the same for Courntix?
    Also some are white and some brown. Is this any indicator of sex?
    ALSO a lot of my whites have died (weak?) is this because of their genes?
     
  2. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    Quote: It could be weakness, there is a lethal gene in whites
     
  3. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    YOUR SURVIVAL RATES MAY BE WAY DIFFERENT THAN NORMAL FOLKS SIMPLY DUE TO THE CONDITION OF THE EGGS YOU BOUGHT [​IMG] THESE WERE FROM THE AUCTION BATCH YES? IF SO ALL BETS ON NORMAL GROWTH AND BEHAVIOR ARE OFF SIMPLY BECUASE WE HAVE NO IDEA HOW THEY WERE COLLECTED/ TREATED IN COLLECTION/ STORED/ CARED FOR, ETC... PRIOR TO YOUR GETTING THEM... THE LATE CHICK MORTALITY MAY WELL BE FROM OLD EMBRYOS THAT HAD ENOUGH LEFT IN THEM TO HATCH, BUT NOT MAKE TO ADULTHOOD... A BUM DEAL, BUT SOMETIMES THAT HAPPENS [​IMG]
     
  4. Mama Austranought

    Mama Austranought Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Totally agree JJMR. I'd actually rather they died, then I know who is weak - especially if I'm going to breed them. Nature knows best - only the strongest should survive. I'm not trying to be harsh but I wasn't that disappointed becasue I'd rather the weak ones were weeded out.

    Have you got any anwers to my feathering up question, JJMR?
     
  5. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    SORRY MAMA I HAVE NOTICED NO SEXABLE DIFFERENCE IN FEATHERING WITH ANY GAMEBIRD SPECES [​IMG] IN COTURNIX I, LIKE MOST, CAN FEATHER SEX THE COLORS THAT ARE SEXABLE ONCE A FEW WEEKS OLD, AND CAN BEER SEX ANY IN BREEDING MODE WITH THE BEST OF THEM, CAN EVEN VENT SEX BREEDING AGE BIRDS.. GOT RING NECK PHEASANTS AND RUFFED PHEASANT SPECES SEXING NAILED DOWN PRETTY GOOD TOO... NONE OF THESE DO I NOTICE THE FEATHER DIFFERENCE LIKE YOU DO IN CHICKEN BABIES WITH THE COVETS.. WITH COTURNIX I HAVE NOTICED A TOTAL HELTER SKELTER FEATHERING WHERE NO BODY IN THE BROODER SEEMS TO BE ON THE SAME FEATHERING OUT CLOCK DISPITE ALL BEING THE SAME AGE OR EVEN COLOR... THEY CAN BE RATHER CHAOTIC WITH FEATHERING FROM MY OBSERVATIONS [​IMG]
     
  6. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    Some varieties of whites will feather more slowly then others depending on their genetic make up.
     

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