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Coturnix hatchling with leg problems... UPDATE: It died...

Discussion in 'Quail' started by quiltnchik, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. quiltnchik

    quiltnchik Songster

    May 19, 2009
    I had Coturnix chicks hatch out yesterday and last night. I have one runt that is questionable, and another that is HUGE compared to the rest, but is unable to walk. S/he can't get its legs under it and just slides around on its belly and chin. Should I give it time to see if it gets stronger or do I need to cull this chick?
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2009

  2. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    I had a chick like that. You could try to sort it out by making a splint. I unfortunately had to cull it yesterday. You may want to wait a while, but keep it seperate, my one got trampled on which didn't help. Someone on here is bound to give you a definite answer, but my opinion is give it a few days, and if it doesn't improve cull.
  3. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Crowing

    Mar 2, 2009
    Splint It And Give It Time.
  4. Emilys3guppies

    Emilys3guppies Songster

    Jun 1, 2009
    Forgive me, as I have no input on the issue at hand. But, as my hatch approaches I'm wondering how one culls a chick?
  5. lotzahenz

    lotzahenz Songster

    Aug 28, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    I have one with a bum leg too, it hangs out to the side, but the bird seems healthy and is eating and drinking fine. I'd give it time, unless you notice suffering. HenZ
  6. quiltnchik

    quiltnchik Songster

    May 19, 2009
    I went to check on it a bit ago and it was limp and gasping. I waited a few minutes, and then it shuddered and died, so I guess there was some reason it wasn't meant to live. My DS took it out and buried it for me. Thanks for the input from everyone.
  7. quiltnchik

    quiltnchik Songster

    May 19, 2009
    Quote:The easiest way is to find a bowl and/or bucket with a lid, then put a smaller bowl inside containing baking soda and vinegar. Put the chick in the larger bowl/bucket and close the lid. The gasses given off by the baking soda/vinegar combination will kill it...

  8. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    I'm sorry for your loss. [​IMG]
  9. Highland Moongazer

    Highland Moongazer Songster

    Jul 9, 2009
    Marshall, NC
    Quote:Thumb in the wind pipe, here.
  10. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

    Jan 4, 2009
    Claremore, OK
    Why not just cut the head off?

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