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Baby quail chick died in hand

Discussion in 'Quail' started by funsized72, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. funsized72

    funsized72 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my 7 babies died when I was holding him :hit I feel like a murderer. :( I don't remember if I was squeezing him or not but all I remember was hearing him cheep and then not hearing him cheep anymore. I feel so bad :hit
     
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  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm sure you didn't murder him. Maybe he was ill or just not a strong chick. When I have done quail I've had them just keel over and die. They are so small and fragile they just look like they will never make it. I'm sure it's nothing you did. Good luck with the rest of your chicks. :hugs
     
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  3. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't handle them for the first 3 days or even 5 sometimes. I've given them eye infections with dirty hands and what not. The other reason is warmth. It doesn't take very long for a chick that size to get hypothermia when removed from a 100 degree brooder and held in your hand. They don't generate any of their own body heat for the first 4 weeks and even if they did they don't have the feathers to hold it in. Just consider it a lesson learned.

    If you were a terrible person you wouldn't have come here and shared this. I'd say there is hope for your future ;)
     
  4. funsized72

    funsized72 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its was the third biggest chick and they are a week old[​IMG]
     
  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Try not worry don't beat yourself up about it could have been the biggest chick and still died you don't know what's going inside them. Just enjoy the rest of them.
     
  6. funsized72

    funsized72 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you that makes me feel better
     
  7. aperez54

    aperez54 Out Of The Brooder

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    Don't beat yourself up! I've had a chick died after hatching - it got stuck behind my tray of sponge water, I had 3 other chicks pipping and I had to decide to open or not open the incubator. I didn't :( It took less than 5 minutes for him - he wasn't squished, he just couldn't figure out how to get out and I guess it got stressed and just died. So sad :( But you gotta enjoy the rest who are living!
     

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