A Very Sick-Looking Quail - Any Ideas Please?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Rachel96, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. Rachel96

    Rachel96 Songster

    Mar 12, 2012
    South Australia
    My female quail is looking pretty poorly. I noticed it at lunch time, but as I was out all morning she could have been like this for a while. She seemed fine when I fed her this morning though.

    - panting & quaking, like her entire body is shaking and her beak is open.
    - head uptilted, beak open.
    - tail drooping
    - wings are floppy, out loose and touching the ground
    - not moving of own accord; has to be picked up and carried
    - actually letting me pick her up and carry her without objecting; she's usually pretty grouchy about that
    - I haven't seen her eating or drinking yet today
    - her last 'poo' was very small, a thin yellow-white creamy sort of liquid

    She also hasn't laid yet this week.

    Needless to say, I'm pretty worried about her. I've never had a bird look this ill before. In fact, the last time I've seen anything look this ill was when my cat was bitten by a brown snake. And if you know what that looks like...

    There's a strange lump on the front of her neck, which I've never noticed before (not that I usually go poking her neck), but Quincy (aka Mr Quail) doesn't have it - it feels a little like an Adam's apple. My mother wonders whether Quincy was a little rough last they *you know*, because he usually grabs the back of her head.

    I've got a pic, too, but it's not so good.

    Any ideas on what could be ailing her? Any reccomendations to help her get better? I don't have the money to take her to the vet, and they've probably never dealt with quails before anyway...

    from Rachel.
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2012

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