All my birds died!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Country Parson, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. Country Parson

    Country Parson Songster

    Oct 1, 2010
    Bellefontaine, OH
    I have two pens of Coturnix Quail, 4 birds in each pen. The pens are physically connected, but separated by plywood. Last night all was well, but this morning around 8:00am I found all my birds dead. No wounds, no bite marks...just dead----all 8 birds.

    I am at a loss to explain this. Perhaps its a disease, but this seems unlikely since it occurred in two different pens and killed all the birds within a single night. [​IMG]

    I keep the pen on the back closed-in porch, so no large animal could have gotten in and scared them. Any ideas what could have happened?
  2. Quinn4321

    Quinn4321 Songster

    Aug 28, 2010
    P.A/M.D border, USA
    was it really cold? do u have rat posion around that the chickens may have gotten to?
  3. Robo

    Robo Songster

    Jul 15, 2010
    Quote:Its quail, to the OP - It could have been the feed...
  4. Quinn4321

    Quinn4321 Songster

    Aug 28, 2010
    P.A/M.D border, USA
    Im sorry- I was typing fast/not thinking- I really did read. Perhaps you should check the feed and water as Robo said.
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    I agree, it sounds like something was wrong with the feed.
  6. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    I am so sorry for you loss. [​IMG] I too would have the feed examined. I hope you are able to determine what happened.
  7. Rainwolf

    Rainwolf De La Menagerie

    Aug 4, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    My Coop
    I have a few questions...

    How old were your birds?
    When did they go from brooder to outside?
    What temp is it outside?
    Did you just start a new feed or new bag of feed?
    Did you change anything?
    Did you introduce anything new?
    You said the birds are on your porch... was a car running close enough to cause CO2 fumes to build up?

    To me it sounds like cold shock since it was all at same time or something like gas/CO2 fumes.
    It could be bad feed but that normally is spread out a little not all within same few hrs.

    Sorry for your loss. Hope we can figure this out so it won't happen again.
  8. Fat Daddy

    Fat Daddy Crowing

    Dec 11, 2010
    Im thinking CO2 type problem as well, maybe a water heater or the like on the porch?
  9. joe125

    joe125 Songster

    Sep 20, 2010
    That is unfortunate, to say the least.

    It generally doesn't happen...but....where do we go from here?
  10. 95yj

    95yj Songster

    Nov 25, 2009
    Central Vermont
    are their necks broken, something like a dog barking underneath their pens (if they're raised pens) could have simultaneously scared them all enough to fly into the roof, highly unlikely but just throwing it out there. If you really want to know you could have an autopsy done, in my state there's a bunch of ways to get it done free. Usually at a public college offering a vet program.

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