button quail injury/disease??

Discussion in 'Quail' started by _lizzer_, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. _lizzer_

    _lizzer_ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, when my button started to get his "grown-up" feathers, he had this funny little twisted feather on top of his head, it looked like it was backwards. When that feather fell out, he started to get a bald spot. I just let it be, because I figured it would heal itself. Well, when I got home from work today, this is what I saw.

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    There is nothing in his cage that he could get cut on, that I know of. He is also alone, so it is not a pecking problem. Any ideas? Is this maybe a skin condition?
     
  2. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Could He Be Flying Around Ping Ponging Off Of The Inside Of His Cage???
     
  3. _lizzer_

    _lizzer_ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:it's possible, but i don't think anything is sharp enough to cut him. also, what would cause the loss of feathers on top od his head?
     
  4. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Their Skin Is Quite Thin And Fragile--- They Dont Need Anything Sharp--- They Can Scalp Themselves Simply By Abraiding Their Head On Stuff When They Fly Into It--- This Would Start With Feather Loss And End Up A Scalping As The 1 In Your Pic....

    As Far As The Injury It Will Heal In Most Cases Without Intervention From You...

    Try This--- Pad The Top Of His Pen--- Some 1-2inch Thick Foam Like Say A Piece Of Egg Crate Matress Cover--- See If This Doesnt Prevent Further Injury.

    If You Are Concerned About The Wound Healing You Can "paint It" With A Product Called Bluecote Or Woundcote Available From Many Feed Stores Or You Can Order It From Cutlers Supply.
     
  5. _lizzer_

    _lizzer_ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you so much for the advise! i'll pad the top of his pen, and just let him be for now. thanks!
     
  6. quailbrain

    quailbrain Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What type of pen is he in? How tall?
     

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