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SICK COTURNIX QUAIL. HELP!!

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:(I HAVE SOME COTURNIX AND SOME "A&M" WUAIL THEY ARE A LITTLE OVER A MONTH OLD. SUDDENLY NOTICED ONE OF MY COTURNIX HAS A DROOPY WING. I THOUGHT IT WAS NO BIG DEAL. SO I PUT SOME ELECTROLYTES IN THE WATER AND WENT ABOUT MY DAY WHEN I GOT HOME FROM WORK HIS MORNING (I WORK NIGHT SHIFTS) HE WAS LAYING ON HIS SIDE KICKING HIS FEET LIKE HE COULDNT GET UP. HE WAS LYING ON THE SIDE WITH THE DROOPY WING. I PICKED HIM UP TO INSPECT HIS FURTHER HIW WING LOOKS DROOPY IM NOT SURE IF ITS OUT OF PLACE OR IF HE JUST DOESNT HAVE STRENGTH IN IT.. BUT UPON FURTHER INSPECTION THE INSDIE OF HIS LEG IS RAW. I COULDNT TL IF IT WAS JUST NE LEG, OR BOTH BECAUSE THEY WERE BOTH KIND OG BLOODY IM NOT SURE IF ITS JUST THE ONE LEG FROM HIMM SCRATCHING HIMSELF WHEN HE WAS ON HIS SIDE ON THE GROUND KICKING.. I HAVE SINCE SEPERATED HIM FROM THE REST OF HTE GROUP AND HE IS STILL ON ELECTROLYTES, I PUT BACITRACN ON HIS LEGS, HES EATING AND DRINKING FINE. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY CLUE WHAT COULD BE GOING ON WITH MY LITTLE GUY? :( OH! AND ONE OF HIS LEGS LOOKS VERY WEEK AS WELL HE CAN GRIP WITH IT BUT IT LOOKS THINNER AND APPEARS TO HAVE LESS MUSCLE MASS (NOT SURE IF QUAIL EVEN HAVE MUSCLE MASS) IM JUST TRYING TO MAKE SURE I DONT LEAVE ANY INFORMATION OUT. THEY ARE CURRENTLY ON PURINA GAMEBIRD STARTER, THEY HAVENT BEEN INTRODUCED TO ANY NEW ANIMALS.

 

PLEASE HELP!! THANK YOU.

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Please ditch the caps, they are annoying to read.

Quail do have muscles and if the the mass is reduced in one side, that would indicate that he hasn't used that leg as much as the other, for a while. So I don't think this has been caused by a recent accident. Doesn't seem to be caused by the feed either, as many people use that. So, what could have caused it? How carefully have you been observing them? He hasn't shown any limping or anything like that before now? He wasn't a splay leg chick?

If you haven't already, I'd give him a good feel all over, see if the muscle really is reduced, what differences he has between left and right side, clean the legs to determine whether it's both legs or just one that's hurt and how bad it is. Any of the others seem to have any issues? And how many are there?

Other than that.. Well, if it's not feed related, if the others have no issues and if my theory that it has been going worse for a while is correct, I'm afraid his chances might not be very good. My only advice is to keep him warm and comfortable and make sure he gets feed and water. Hope I'm wrong!

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If he's eating and drinking fine I'd go to a feed store buy medicated feed or antibiotics for poultry for his best chance .he probably was born with a deficiency and got attacked by other birds )quail)which is common for birds to do when they see blood or a ill odd flock member
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FYI most feed stores I've gone to sell antibiotics for poultry and livestock without prescription
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Originally Posted by DK newbie View Post

Please ditch the caps, they are annoying to read.
Quail do have muscles and if the the mass is reduced in one side, that would indicate that he hasn't used that leg as much as the other, for a while. So I don't think this has been caused by a recent accident. Doesn't seem to be caused by the feed either, as many people use that. So, what could have caused it? How carefully have you been observing them? He hasn't shown any limping or anything like that before now? He wasn't a splay leg chick?
If you haven't already, I'd give him a good feel all over, see if the muscle really is reduced, what differences he has between left and right side, clean the legs to determine whether it's both legs or just one that's hurt and how bad it is. Any of the others seem to have any issues? And how many are there?
Other than that.. Well, if it's not feed related, if the others have no issues and if my theory that it has been going worse for a while is correct, I'm afraid his chances might not be very good. My only advice is to keep him warm and comfortable and make sure he gets feed and water. Hope I'm wrong!
Sorry for all the caps! I had been writing that with a free minute I had at work. At work I have to write everything in caps in so used to it if forget to turn the caps lock off! Lol but he is doing quite a bit better! He seems to be walking fine and eating and drinking still. I had him separated but that was causing more harm ten good he spent all of his time frantically trying to get back to the others! I cleaned his leg, it did seem to be only one leg which was good. The one leg does look considerably smaller.. I'm not sure if its muscle or what. The legs actually look dried out.. Not the skin. But the whole leg.
post #6 of 7
Darn he might just have a deteriated leg but it's best to keep him alone for his safety
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Darn he might just have a deteriated leg but it's best to keep him alone for his safety ​

I'm afraid that hes going to hurt himself being alone! :( he keeps jumping up and hitting his head and fussing for his quail buds. woud it be agood idea to put anothee in their with him? one of the more docile ones? and what is a deteriored leg? anything I can do for it or what caused it?

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