Oh wow! Thank you all, for your responses. So sorry that I took a few days to respond, mad days!
@DK newbie, I should have followed through with your recommendation. I separated her but she wouldn't stop calling for her family. After half a day, I placed her with another young family with quail chicks, turned off the lights for TWO MINUTES in hope they will all disappear into the hen's wings for the night. she screeched. i switched on the light to see the chicks and hen curiously pecking her injured foot. Her foot was half dangling off the limb. Sigh.
Anyway. She's now housed separately with a straddle footed chick who is very kind to her.
Not stressing her out is a really goo point that i would other wise never have considered. Thank you
@jachansen I can't do it! I just can't! I might if it's a prolapsed. :S and thank you for sharing your experiences and stories, it's a real eye opener 😱
I was chewing on what you've said about mother hen killing chicks with a reason that humans can't see. I feel it's a theory we can't prove, but I haven't raise enough chicks to understand any better? The mother hen did cause the another chick's foot swell. I removed him and integrated him with another young family. He's very healthy.
Also wondering, do you guys know what it means when a quail has whitish watery diarrhea? (completely water) my hen is suffering. one thing after another... 😭