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Coturnix leg injury - icky

Discussion in 'Quail' started by galanie, May 29, 2011.

  1. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    I noticed one of my quail liked to just lord over the dust pan and was watching this morning as it rose a second. It was very lame in one leg!

    So I pulled it out and looked. It's entire "drumstick" is swollen and a bright, nasty green! I can't see an injury other than something that kind of looks like an ingrown feather follicle. What should I do? Just give antibiotics and hope or cull or what?
     
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  2. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    If it's an ingrown feather follicle, take some tweezers and start digging..then apply some neosporin and bandage the leg.
     
  3. galanie

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    Quote:I was afraid someone would say something like that [​IMG] Normally I'm not so squeamish, it's weird that I would be hesitant about it. Ok, digging I will go!
     
  4. galanie

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    I'm stupid. I clipped its feathers on it's leg so I could see everything better and then I noticed it turning its leg out in an unnatural manner. So now I think it's more likely a badly broken leg. Its foot section moves out and in freely and it can't move its foot at all.

    It is in a chick chair right now while I consider what to do and await more advice. /sigh
     
  5. Stellar

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    Ack! How old is the bird? I am afraid you may have to consider culling.....
     
  6. galanie

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    It's young, only about 10 weeks old. Yep, today I'm sure it needs culling. Leg is now permantly sticking at right angles to the body. It's inside in a small cage and comfortable (I guess) but yep, I'm thinking you're right. I have no idea what to do for it other than antibiotics and I'm not going to spend money on it. It's not like a beloved pet, thank God.
     

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