Sexing Coturnix chicks

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  1. mrslb333

    mrslb333 Songster

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    Hiya, these little ones are 2 weeks old now but feathering really fast. I usually wait at least a few more weeks before attempting to sex but I have a lady desperate to have her new babies so just wondered if any of you had any thoughts on their sex.
    Number 1 [​IMG]
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  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    The last 2 are ranges, you can't tell them by their colors. The middle one (right above the ranges) looks like a boy, he's getting the rust color to his breast feathers. I think the first 2 are too young to tell, they don't have many breast feathers yet.
     
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    The one you mentioned is a lot bigger than the others if that makes a difference. How would I tell with the ranges? It's the first time we've had those ones so not too familiar with them.
     
  4. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Crowing

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    When They Start Crowing Their Males And When They Lay Eggs They're Females.
     
  5. joe125

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    Quote:You have to vent or beer sex them [​IMG]

    I'm with Shelly, the first 2 are way to young to color sex. The 3rd one is a bit young for me to properly sex , but is most likely a roo. The last 2 are vent/beer sexing candidates.
     
  6. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    1. female
    2.female
    3.male
    4. male
    5. female


    The older ranger could be sex by color, unless some ot the new colors have been added to them.


    think you will find i am right on 4 of the 5 at least, but I never sell sexed birds unless 100 % sure.

    Like to see those 5 in 3 more weeks.
     
  7. joe125

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    Quote:Ok...you are at least 50% correct [​IMG]

    I'm going to say::::
    1.male
    2.male
    3. female
    4.female
    5.male

    We may both have the same odds of accuracy.

    My question to you is...How can you color sex a white/rosetta breasted bird by a simple pic..?
     
  8. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    those are little young , but the old british range sex like the other , i sex them by the throat feather , breast feather little harder on the range, plus i never had rossetta. Pics can make it hard to sex with the lighting sometime.



    Sure i will get more right on the sex than you did.......mine was not just guessing
     
  9. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Joe you really think # 3 is a female ?????....look at those breast feather .
     
  10. joe125

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    Quote:I just flipped what ever you guessed. Simple math would make us even on the guess. [​IMG]

    I agree that trying to sex birds from pics is difficult. 1-3 are way to early to tell for me. 4-5 are white breasted/range/rosetta which are the same thing mostly and defy color sexing in most crowds.

    I think I see 3 roos and 2 non color sex able birds. Would like to see what happens in 3 weeks, but even after 30 weeks, I couldn't color sex #4 and #5.
     
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