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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Rick, 23 April 2017

My quail are about 4 months old and are not laying eggs. The lady that I bought them from had beebn raising quale for a while and she said that they were 3 females and one male. 1. Will the females lay eggs without a male present. 2. How do you tell the males from the females. I would like to have eggs and also raise some quail from the time they are hatched. Thanks

Donelle, 8 January 2017

In my experience, my male birds made lots of noise and were quite aggressive toward the females. I had to get rid of the boys in my flock to keep the peace with my girls. Now things are great with the girls and they are laying eggs with no problems.

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, 1 April 2013

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

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