I'm a newbie. I have a 5 week old coturnix quail that has been losing feathers (a lot) and recently appetite has gone down (not fighting for yummy foods), I was feeding 24% crumble, and 26% gamebird feed, occasional earthworms, bugs, veggies, seeds etc.
This morning I found her laying on her side, she can't seem to get up even though she's trying. After a few hours, now she's laboured breathing (dropping head and swinging all the way back for one breath). The poops have been normal, every now and again after lots of veggies their stool gets a little loose, but nothing crazy. Her poop today is dropping out of her (liquid clear/green).
I've force fed some boiled egg and water to her to get her energy up (which seems to be helping), she's bright eyed for moments and wants to get up and move, but can't, she struggles on her side, flaps her wings and falls over everywhere.
My other quail is 100% fine, super healthy and big, great appetite, normal poops, she seems to not want to leave the others side and will lay with her (it's sad).
I was thinking poisoning???? I had a houseplant near their housing that seems to be picked at (over a week or so ago). But wouldn't poisoning happen quite quickly after ingestion?
I cannot find any info on feather loss and her other symptoms...... Her feather loss is a crazy amount (she' snot bald, other feather are coming in too), no mites/lice. They're strictly indoors and have their own spare room.
I keep their cage immaculately clean, they have two runs (one with sand) and other one is pine shavings with a dust bath.