sexing coturnix quail

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  1. cranberryroo

    cranberryroo New Egg

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    I got these birds and I'm trying to sort out who is male and who is female. The more i read online, the more confused i get.
    Here's a sample. Some are missing a few feathers [​IMG]
    [​IMG] female?

    [​IMG] male?

    [​IMG] male?

    [​IMG] only one of this color and it always gets picked on

    i'm lost on these last two
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    Any help?
     
  2. astatula

    astatula Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Picture #1 is a hen, picture #2,3,4 are males and #5 and #6 are the easiest and are hens.
     
  3. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    1 Roo
    2 Roo
    3 Roo
    4 Cinnamon And I Need To See The Chest To Sex It [​IMG]
    5 Hen
    6 Hen

    All Are Brown Xcept #4
     
  4. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Correction #1 While Dark And Rusty Does Have Spots---- May Go Either Way. Its Uncommon But Not Unheard Of To Get Androgenous Males That Have Spots On The Chest.
     
  5. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Sex The Cinnamon The Same Way As Brown--- Solid Rusty Chest Male--- Spotty Chest Female
     
  6. cranberryroo

    cranberryroo New Egg

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    So spots are more telling than color...but not always?(bird 1).

    Bird 4 has no spots on the chest. Mostly white/off-white feathers.

    Thanks for the quick replies!
     
  7. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:NO PROBLEM, NOW ALL YOU NEED IS A BEJESUS LOAD OF HENS FOR ALL THESE BOYS [​IMG]
     
  8. cranberryroo

    cranberryroo New Egg

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    I went out to do another tally. I'm down a bird. someone escaped and i think it was bird 1. [​IMG]

    Looks like I have 10 males and 12 females and one missing chest feathers.

    Ive read you can keep them in pairs or groups. how many hens in a group? 2, 3,4 hens to a male?
    I don't think I have enough space to keep all of them long term so groups will be more practical than pairs.
     
  9. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Coturnix Do Best In Groups... 1 Male To Every 4 Or 5 Females Is The Best Ratio For Fertility, Hen Health, And Everyone's Piece Of Mind [​IMG]

    Ultimately It Depends On The Individual Birds--- Some Roos Can Be Overly Amorous And Hard On A Hen--- More Hens Share The Wealth And Increases Everybody's Happiness And Overall Health


    Lets See...10 Roos 12 Hens--- 4 To 1 Makes You 3 Breeder Groups And Enough Spare Roos For Sunday Dinner [​IMG]
     
  10. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:Picture 1 is not a hen, you can tell by the red blush he has on his face, only males get that during breeding season.

    Pictures 1-3 are all males, #4 is a cinnamon, but I can't tell what sex by that pic, and the last ones are females.
     

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