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Baby Quail Got Stuck in Wet Food???

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What should I do? I've been at work all day and when i came home one of my week old chicks was stuck in their bowl of wet food. I pulled him out and stuck him under the heat lamp but now he has dried food crusted all over him. I tried wiping him with a warm wet towel but he cries and struggles to get away from me. I'm afraid to get him wet because I heard thats bad for quail, but how else can i clean him? He cant stand up or clean himself.
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What should I do? I've been at work all day and when i came home one of my week old chicks was stuck in their bowl of wet food. I pulled him out and stuck him under the heat lamp but now he has dried food crusted all over him. I tried wiping him with a warm wet towel but he cries and struggles to get away from me. I'm afraid to get him wet because I heard thats bad for quail, but how else can i clean him? He cant stand up or clean himself.


I would go ahead and clean him up with warm water and put him back under the heat lamp. If he cant stand up he is probably not going to make it anyway. Why is their food wet???

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If there is food crusted on the feet and he/she can't stand, you don't really have much of a choice but to try and clean the feet.Try getting the feet in some warm water for a moment, and make sure it dries, wiping/dabbing away water with the tip of the paper towel if you can (avoid this if it is not necssary, though... their feet are delicate!). Of course, you also want to ensure the quail does not suffer from chilling (which can be fatal... essentially happens if they are wet for too long). After this I hope he/she can stand. 

And I am also curious as to why you had wet food? 

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