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Found this little guy in my driveway... Thought it was a chicken.

post #1 of 13
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Someone said they think it's a quail... Can anyone tell me anything about this guy? Is he a juvenile? Is that bald spot concerning? He's eating (ground up cat food) and drinking plenty and walking around fine.

We thought it was a baby chicken which is very strange in our neighborhood. Should we let him go?
post #2 of 13

That is a quail.  The bald spot may be from a predator trying to catch him but only ending up with a mouth or talon full of feathers.  

One Dear Husband, two children, one cat, one fish, a various number of chicken depending on how hungry the fox has been, guineas who rule the roost, 12 chicks and my broody hen who is the best Mama ever.
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One Dear Husband, two children, one cat, one fish, a various number of chicken depending on how hungry the fox has been, guineas who rule the roost, 12 chicks and my broody hen who is the best Mama ever.
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post #3 of 13
That's a quail please keep it
3 silkies,5 easter egger 1 black new jersey giant 2 buff Orpington 3 ducks 1 silkie/ee mix 2 cats and a teenager daughters
I am sorry a head of time if I don't used the correct grammar
RIP my sweet little Tess. You will be miss
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3 silkies,5 easter egger 1 black new jersey giant 2 buff Orpington 3 ducks 1 silkie/ee mix 2 cats and a teenager daughters
I am sorry a head of time if I don't used the correct grammar
RIP my sweet little Tess. You will be miss
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post #4 of 13
My poor eyes cant tell from this tiny phone but that looks like an A&M Coturnix. If so that is a lost or ditched pet. They don't breed in the wild. Someone verify?
Edited by eHuman - 6/20/16 at 5:23am
post #5 of 13
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we are taking her to a local vet that works with birds. they're going to have a look at her and then try to connect us with some bird people to see if we can find her a good home. thanks for all of the advice!

post #6 of 13
Definitely an A&M coturnix. Definitely not wild. Very lucky to have made it to you. They'd make a lovely snack for any predators.
post #7 of 13
Pictures aren't working for me right now but by the sounds of it it is a quail. He won't last long on his own in the wild so it's up to you whether you're prepared to look after him or not. I can't imagine a single quail is much work.
post #8 of 13
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We took him to a local vet that services birds and two of the techs actually raise quails and will be fighting over who gets to keep him smile.png
post #9 of 13
Good to hear that he'll have a happy home! How was he doing? Any injuries or malnutrition?
One Dear Husband, two children, one cat, one fish, a various number of chicken depending on how hungry the fox has been, guineas who rule the roost, 12 chicks and my broody hen who is the best Mama ever.
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One Dear Husband, two children, one cat, one fish, a various number of chicken depending on how hungry the fox has been, guineas who rule the roost, 12 chicks and my broody hen who is the best Mama ever.
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post #10 of 13
Its so funny reading your comments!!!! Save the quail save the quail! Just eat the quail.
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