Bobwhite quail choking?

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  1. Birdman18

    Birdman18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    I have this one female bobwhite that whenever she eats its looks as if shes choking. The other bobwhite quail doesn't have this problem just that one female. Would anyone know what it may be?

    Thank You!!
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    What exactly is she doing...gasping for air, shaking food out of her mouth? Does she actually get it down?
     
  3. Birdman18

    Birdman18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes she seems to want to regurgitate but she doesn't get the food out, it does get down when she eats.
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Has she been doing this a long time? Days? Something could be stuck in her throat. You could try picking her up and holding her upside down and gently squeeze her crop area and see if stuff comes out her beak. (she will no doubt get very stressed with this, so keep this in mind). Does she have access to hay or anything you might know of that she got a hold of? You could try loading up a medicine dropper with olive oil and squirting it down her throat. (again very stressful). Oil dissolves many things in a birds crop.
     
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Oh, and hold her forward, not backwards and only hold her like this for a few seconds only at a time so she can breathe.
     
  6. Birdman18

    Birdman18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks twocrowsranch!

    I'll try that [​IMG]
     
  7. Trefoil

    Trefoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do bobwhite get gapeworm?
     
  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Absolutely they do. Can block the treachea and stop food from going down. For Birdman...get some liquid safeguard goat wormer and mix it in the food. This may be the reason she is choking.
     
  9. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    YES AND THIS SOUNDS CLASSIC FOR IT DOESNT IT?
     
  10. Birdman18

    Birdman18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I tried putting some olive oil and squeezing her crop area but she still is acting as if something is stuck in her throat. In case she has a disease I did order Duramycin Powder a few weeks ago but it hasn't arrived yet. Not sure if that will help.

    Anything else you think I should do?
     

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