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Post by battybat on Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:51 pm

I have 4 quails now and no idea what sex they are, they are only 8 weeks old, but after today i am really nervous about keeping them together. Is there a fail safe method of sexing them? or do i just have to wait till they crow? I have looked at the vents, but i still have no idea becaue they all look exactly the same. If i posted photos would anyone care to have an intelligent guess at them?

I have had a horrible day and am assessing my ability to keep quail right now, i did everything by the book and it has still turned out yucky, 2 quails badly injured and i am not sure if they will survive and 1 other gone Crying or Very sad . I am feeling very sorry for myself and very sad too, but i want the others to be as happy as they possibly can be.

Please can anyone offer any advice or help or anything? I am a bit at my wits end right now.

Batty XxX
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Re: 4 Quails

Post by Ironsun on Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:59 pm

Hi Batty,

If you can take the photo's of your birds showing the chest and head, I'm sure most people will have a go at sexing them for you.

Males start to crow from about 5 weeks of age, and given enough light (14/16 hours) hens will start to lay at about 7 weeks old (sometimes even earlier).

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Re: 4 Quails

Post by sunnyside on Sun Mar 16, 2008 10:17 pm

at 8 weeks old if you pick them up and gently squeeze the back of the vent -tail side if it is a male a foam ball will appear. the males are slightly bulgy there too.
quail can be sharp with each other. its not always preventable so do not beat yourself up over it!

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Re: 4 Quails

Post by gavins on Thu Apr 03, 2008 7:38 pm

With Jap Quail you can tell from around 3-4 weeks what they are.

Males have a more plain and chestnut colour breast while females have a creamy white front and a flecked breast if you look at the breast feathers they will have black middle part.

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