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Do you need a male quail?

You do not need a male in order for your ladies to lay.

Unlike the cockerels, male quails do not crow. Males tend to get a lot of bad press for being aggressive - however most male quails are friendly. There are however some advantages to having a male quail in your flock:

1. Males tend to be the most friendly - Male quails tend to be more relaxed around people and will often be more likely to come and say hello.

2. Males can help reduce bullying - Having a male around can make your quail more relaxed. The male can reduce the chances of bullying in your flock and ease the introduction of new birds.

3. You can hatch chicks - If you wish to hatch a quail from an egg it is necessary for eggs to be fertilised and then incubated. Hatching your own quail allows you to add new birds to your flock without having to buy them. Interestingly fertilised eggs are low in cholesterol and unfertilised eggs are very high in cholesterol.

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Anon, 29 December 2013

(Japanese quails) I found that the male quails do crow, but only very occasionally, and mostly when they are separated from any females in the enclosure with him. Also, my female quails wouldn't lay until I gave them a male. Male Japanese quails also fight loads when put together.


Ann, 12 April 2013

I have found the male brown courtnix to be very aggressive and a times very loud in their thrills.


Sue, 01 April 2013

I have had my japanese quail since last autumn when can I expect eggs !!!! as I haven't had any at all.


Ida, 04 February 2013

Hi there, I was wondering if you should always have male quails. Considering procuring quails, for a hobby and semi-small scale egg producing. How many males per female would you recommend? Thanks for your advice!


          

- Sonya, 06 September 2011

Excellent info and advice.


Duma, 24 June 2011

Male Coturnix quails (Roos) have a very distintive crow. They are quieter than a cockerel but shrill. Stick with girls if you have fussy neighbours. Bobwhite quail, which are usually kept in pairs, make whooping sounds which some people find soothing.

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