Breathing problem

Discussion in 'Quail' started by jasloz, Sep 14, 2016.

  1. jasloz

    jasloz New Egg

    Aug 21, 2016
    One of my coturnix quail chicks died today. It was four weeks old. He was having a really hard time breathing, then started foaming at the mouth, then collapsed and died. What could have caused this? How can I prevent it happening to the others?
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    I'm sorry to hear of your loss… I'm afraid I'm no quail expert, so I'm going to move this to the Quail section for you. Hopefully someone where will be able to help.

    @TwoCrows ?
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    I am so sorry you lost a quail. :hugs

    It is really hard to say why your quail died. Liquid commonly comes out of a dying birds mouth, however usually not long before death.

    Other than some sort of genetic thing like congestive heart failure that could cause liquid to come out the beak long before death, heat stroke might do this as well. Was the bird exposed to too much heat?

    It is possible the chick had a respiratory infection too. Do any of the others show signs of infection?

    A necropsy at the time of death is the only way to truly know why the bird died so young. I am so sorry.
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2016

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