Bad Injury to my quail last night- Anyone have any idea?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by kjoseph93, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. kjoseph93

    kjoseph93 New Egg

    Jun 22, 2016
    Hi Everyone,

    I keep my birds in a raised hutch that is half wire/ half litter.

    This morning when I went out to feed them I noticed a significant amount of blood on tops of the feeder and on a roost that is in the hutch.

    Sometimes the quail will hurt each other by pecking each others heads and I thought that might be what had happened.

    Upon further investigation, I saw one of the quail hobbling around. I have attached two pictures of her injuries. Lost two toes on one foot and a bunch of her belly feathers

    Does anyone have any idea what could have caused this? My first thought was a rat but I am really not sure how a rat would have gotten up the legs of the hutch and them climbed along the bottom of the wire?

    Quail heal fast but does anyone think this might be too much? Should I cull her?

    Thanks all,


  2. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 5, 2007
    I have had cats do that.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    How high is bottom of hutch?
    What do you mean 'half wire/half litter'?
    How big is the wire?

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