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Help not sure of sex or age

Post by jackobean on Mon Jul 07, 2008 10:45 pm

Hi have been given 8 quail (Jap) i have no idea how old they are or there sex all i know is that the one i originaly had is a white male with rather large lump by his vent and he crows.

I have had them a week all together they are not fighting or crowing or laying any eggs.

Ay suggestions of what to do first.
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Post by internet_nobody on Mon Jul 07, 2008 11:33 pm

What colours are they? If you get some pics up of the ones that aren't one plain colour we'll be able to tell you the sexes Smile

Anything with a speckled chest is a hen.
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Post by jackobean on Mon Jul 07, 2008 11:37 pm

hi

they all look like the bird on the top of the home page on the fourm they are all the same colour and no speckles anywhere, could they still be young??? I have looked at the vent area and look like girls but no speckles???
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Post by internet_nobody on Mon Jul 07, 2008 11:45 pm

If they match that bird then they're all cocks - the normal pattern start off looking like hens then at about 14-16 days the golden feathers come through that show they're male.
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first one for sexing please

Post by jackobean on Sun Jul 13, 2008 3:11 pm

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Re: Help not sure of sex or age

Post by jackobean on Sun Jul 13, 2008 3:14 pm

how can i tell age of them???? scratch
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Post by andoy on Sun Jul 13, 2008 3:26 pm

Classic rust coloured chest, that looks like a male.

I'm not sure how you can determine the age of adults, but if he's still growing in size/weight he is likely to be under 12 weeks. At which point he'll be ready for the BBQ Twisted Evil
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Re: Help not sure of sex or age

Post by jackobean on Sun Jul 13, 2008 3:32 pm

thanks andoy how about the next
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Re: Help not sure of sex or age

Post by jackobean on Sun Jul 13, 2008 3:33 pm

how about this one then it makes a differnet noise
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Re: Help not sure of sex or age

Post by jackobean on Sun Jul 13, 2008 3:34 pm

sorry same pic

try this

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Re: Help not sure of sex or age

Post by Ronnie's Quails on Sun Jul 13, 2008 3:36 pm

that looks like a male aswell i think anyone that has a brest like that is male but if it has speckled dots that is female you will have to look for a weight and age of quail chart on google or something so the weight varies on the age.
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Re: Help not sure of sex or age

Post by andoy on Sun Jul 13, 2008 3:40 pm

yup, that's a male too. It's unlikely you've got a female in there as a group of males will tend to fight if there are females. You can sometimes keep a whole load of males together in a batchelor group without any problems.

Looks like you've been given a load of males because the previous owner didn't want to cook them. Wink
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Re: Help not sure of sex or age

Post by Ironsun on Sun Jul 13, 2008 4:28 pm

Hi,

Yes, these two birds are both males.

Once a bird reaches 10 weeks old, there is no way to tell the age of them, unless they are close rung, even that will only tell you the year they were rung.
Under ten weeks of age, they are easy to tell, just by looking at heir flight feathers.

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Re: Help not sure of sex or age

Post by jackobean on Sun Jul 13, 2008 4:30 pm

the golden one is a lovely natured and big stocky bird i like him
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