Why are most of my jumbos male?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by beakmaster, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. beakmaster

    beakmaster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2013
    Panama City, Florida
    We hatched 11 jumbo 8weeks ago and 50+ A&Ms about 7 weeks ago.... I have figured out all but 2 of my jumbos are males. Are there factors during incubation that will make it more likely to get more of one sex than the other? I am hoping my A&Ms are not the same ratio.... I was hoping to get atleast 20 females. The A&Ms incubation did run a bit hot (new incubator) and they hatched early but the incubator the jumbos were in were spot on. I am hoping this was just a fluke and that it won't reoccur in my A&Ms. I am on the edge on my seat to find out, maybe someone can help calm my fears. If its not obvious by this point, beakmaster was just a catchy handle...
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Odds are just odds. I hardly ever get a hatch that is split 50-50 for sex, 2/3 is the more likely split and that could be either sex. I’m talking chickens but quail are the same.

    The female parent sets the sex when she gives her genes to the egg. That’s determined before the eggs are even fertilized. In spite of all the urban myths you may hear, you cannot change the sex during incubation.

    That can happen with certain reptiles, but you are not talking about reptiles.

    Still talking chickens but recently I had 5 out of 7 hatch male. A few years back I had 7 out of 7 female. It’s just the odds.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2013
  3. Nichrome

    Nichrome Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2013
    Got the same problem here buddy and it seems like there is no explenation. 95% of my birds are males!
  4. James the Bald

    James the Bald Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2013
    I know exactly what you mean... I was going to make mine, "James, the Almighty and Powerful Quail King of the Universe", but after giving it some serious thought, what I came up with "fits".

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