I'm interested in the experiences of those who have kept quail to a ripe old age and watched them become elderly and eventually pass on. I've done plenty of google research and byc research. I'm not looking for more information copied & pasted, or linked, but rather first-person experience from those who have kept them as pets and seen them into their old age and beyond. I want to know: What are the upper age limits you've seen, personally, in your quail (I've read everything from 1.5 to 14 years--not a very useful range, and not very credible). What are the common ailments in elderly quail that you've seen What is the usual speed to death from when ailments first start to appear What you have done/do to make older, ailing quail comfortable I've got an old boy we hatched alone (by accident--long story) and raised in the house. He's always been attached to us, though we eventually were able to integrate him with a small flock of girls. Now he's 2.5 years old and we think he may be dying. Over the past few months, I've occasionally found him on his side in the pen, apparently unable to completely control his legs. I will pick him up, place him near the food, and let him eat his fill, after which he is able to get up and move around normally for several weeks. Today he was upside down on his back, well away from the food and water dishes, struggling and unable to right himself. I brought him in the house, fed him (he ate a ton), gave him water. We've been alternately carrying him around the house and leaving him in the indoor brooder all day. We've been hand feeding him and making sure he has water. He doesn't seem to be getting better this time. He really just wants to be held. When I put him down in the brooder, he flails about and runs himself into corners and ends up sideways or upside down on his head in the corner, looking at me like, "SEE? I can't do this alone!" When I take him out, he nuzzles up under my hair and goes to sleep. This is kinda sweet, and I definitely want him to be comfortable... but obviously I can't keep this up indefinitely. I do have to work tomorrow! So I'm curious--is he, in fact, elderly? Or is 2.5 quite young for a coturnix male? Are these normal elderly symptoms? Is there anything that can be done for him? What do you do to keep your elderly quail comfortable?