Vent sexing: can females produce "foam?"

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Heyruthie, Feb 13, 2016.

  1. Heyruthie

    Heyruthie Out Of The Brooder

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    I separated my males into a separate cage, & today an egg showed up in there! Their cage is in a separate location, and they have all been vent sexed (multiple times each.) After finding the egg, I re-checked every bird. All of them produce foam at their vents--some more, some less. (None of them are able to be sexed by plumage.) Is it possible for a female to produce a small amount of foam at her vent site? I thought all foam was semen. If not, do females also have the ability to produce another foam-type substance, in a smaller amount? A few of the "male" birds only had a little....could one of those be a female?
     
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  2. DK newbie

    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As far as I know, females don't produce foam, but if they've recently been mated by a male, there will be foam in their vents. So yes, probably one of those with less foam is a female.
     
  3. Heyruthie

    Heyruthie Out Of The Brooder

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    Aha! Of course. Now I feel silly. OK, well, I'll just keep separating them further until I figure out which "guy" is a "gal!" Thank you.
     

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