Ok, so I have always wanted to keep chickens. Hubby says they're just not gonna work for him. So i talked him into letting me keep quails. Awesome! I have been doing my research on coturnix since then and had bought some hatching eggs from someone in Los Angeles...I had already built my own styrofoam incubator and had stabilized the temp/humidity...I didn't want to over do it so I only bought a dozen eggs. My kids and I were so excited I was expecting atleast 2 or 3 ATLEAST to hatch...hatch day came and went, none hatched
I cracked them all open and pretty much i got ripped off...none were even fertilized
So i decided I'd put the whole project on hold until January. BUT THEN
a friend of mine who keeps chickens had to make a trip to the feed store and they had quail chicks so of course she calls me and tells me how cute they are and the next day (yesterday) I'm at the feed store picking out 4 quails.
They are about three weeks old and I got 3 wild colored ones that I made sure had some good spotting on their chests and then i got one that is white with some wild colored spots on its back and side with a yellow head, I'm pretty sure he is a boy as he seems to be attempting to crow.
So here is the part I am needing input on....
I tried to make sure to pick healthy birds...but I noticed when I got them out of the box that there was some runny poo in the box and now that I have them in their brooder, I am still seeing one runny poo....So i was wondering if anyone can lend any advice on what I can feed to try and get them healthier faster, I have already been adding a little apple cider vinegar to their water. They are running around just fine and eating and drinking just fine but i also noticed that one of them keeps stretching its legs out behind it and then lying on its side pretty often...??? And also one more thing...one of them has poop caked onto one of its toes...the toe doesn't look swollen so I figured I could run some warm water over it and it might come right off....some of it did, but not all and I didn't want to force it off because I was afraid I could rip her precious skin...but I was thinking maybe try setting this foot in some water with bit of peroxide or something to break down what is on there...???
Any advice would be greatly appreciated