I have been hatching quail for about 5 months now, and it has been an absolute joy. Except when problems occur. One that keeps popping up is curled toes. It the past I would get about 1/8 of the hatched chicks have some degree of curled toes. All have resolved on their own within a couple days after hatch. That is until this hatch.
This most recent hatch was the worst I have had thus far, 6 out of 18 developed and only 2 hatched. One chick had curled toes on one foot, while the other had both feet curled. I gave 5 days to resolve like the others did, but nothing happened. So, I put "Band-Aid" boots on them. I have never needed to use boots for my birds in the past. How long do I need to leave the boots on? How often to I need to change them. Quail don't get very big, but they do grow fast. They are full size and begin laying by 8 weeks old.