I have a couple of questions, experienced quail owners, please do share your insights.
1. My darling quail hen #1 has been
• puffy, fatter than normal
• barely eating
• sits in a corner
• waddles (more like limping on one leg)
I couldn't feel any egg in her vent, but soaked her bottom in warm water anyway. Fed her a little Apple cider + water mixture as a form of natural dewormer. Her poo is large and smelly, looks healthy to me.
What is happening to her, and how can I help her?
2. Another beloved quail hen #2 died SUDDENLY. I went out for 3-4 hours, and she was dead. Laid an egg outside her of usual corner, and seems to have collapsed just like that. No symptom, no nothing. Why is this so? :'((((
Background information: I have 3 couples for close to half a year now, with ample space, fresh water twice daily, oyster shell, soft boiled eggs, occasional veggies and fresh mealworms, and daily dried mealworm. With fresh bedding weekly.
Suspicion: each time a quail is introduced to a different, live-in cage for 2-3 minute, somebody dies the next day. Could the 2-3min spent in a different cage have caused their death?