Chick wont eat

MsPonderosa

In the Brooder
Apr 26, 2020
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I have a 1 day old button quail that will not eat. It will drink on its own. Walks around but will occ stop and the head will go up and rotate in a circle - like a cartoon seeing stars.
the others are eating. This one can stand right in the middle of the group while they are pecking away at the food and shows no interest. Havent seen it peck at anything.
i tried to feed with syringe, liquified chick crumble but she shakes her head and flings the food out of her mouth.
tried electrolytes in the water, tried to dip the beak in a gruel of mashed crumbles.
it is 24 hours old and isolates itself from the rest.
have watched them for hours and no one is picking on her
 

PollitolovesPio

Chirping
Nov 30, 2016
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Have you tired gently getting her beak to the bowl and teaching her how to eat. I did that to some of my ducklings and it worked then they did it on their own. One or two May take longer but they all should get the hang of it.
 

MsPonderosa

In the Brooder
Apr 26, 2020
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Have you tired gently getting her beak to the bowl and teaching her how to eat. I did that to some of my ducklings and it worked then they did it on their own. One or two May take longer but they all should get the hang of it.
I have. I even tried putting her in a box lined with paper towel with the entire floor covered in food and i pecked my fingers to entice.
upon closer evaluation - i believe the chick is blind. I think the spinning head in the air behavior, isolating itself (because it cannot see the others), and it does not respond to visual stimuli.
If i turn off all the lights then back on suddenly, all the other chicks startle and this one doesnt react at all.
ive also held it with food presented in a mash horizontal so as she walks forward, she literally runs her beak right into it and she thrashes the food away like she is disgusted.
syringing her - she fights me and tosses her head flinging the food gruel out of her mouth.
i am out of ideas and dont want her to starve to death. Im sad.
 

PollitolovesPio

Chirping
Nov 30, 2016
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There must be a solution. There must be other chickens that are born blind. What do you think would be best for her ? Maybe ask a vet in your area. In a controlled environment they can live fine but now is the challenge. I will do some research and get back to you.
 

MsPonderosa

In the Brooder
Apr 26, 2020
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I have. I even tried putting her in a box lined with paper towel with the entire floor covered in food and i pecked my fingers to entice.
upon closer evaluation - i believe the chick is blind. I think the spinning head in the air behavior, isolating itself (because it cannot see the others), and it does not respond to visual stimuli.
If i turn off all the lights then back on suddenly, all the other chicks startle and this one doesnt react at all.
ive also held it with food presented in a mash horizontal so as she walks forward, she literally runs her beak right into it and she thrashes the food away like she is disgusted.
syringing her - she fights me and tosses her head flinging the food gruel out of her mouth.
i am out of ideas and dont want her to starve to death. Im sad.
The little one passed away despite my efforts. The others are doing great. I just wish i could have done something.
Thanks for your help
 

PollitolovesPio

Chirping
Nov 30, 2016
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So very sorry for your loss. I believe in my heart it was for the best. You did all you could and God know this. He is now happy in rainbow bridge. One day many many years from now you will meet again and you will see him full grown and healthy. This is God promise all life continues. Stay well and safe my friend. Irene
 

ShannonR

Free Ranging
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My first thought was blindness as well. There could have been a vitamin/mineral deficiency in this little one, though.
 

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