Coturnix Quail with curled toes at hatch, not curled anymore, but still acting like she can't walk right?

m1chelle1

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Hello BYC Fam, its me again :frow :frow

Making this separate post because id love to get some of y'alls expert quail advice about this one chick of mine, that I lovingly call "wheelchair". I call them that because she was born with curled toed on one foot, and hobbled around pretty bad, wasn't very mobile, so for the first two days id help her out and she would use my hand to travel around on, like a wheelchair, to get food, water. Her toes did un-curl fully (I had read that they can do that on their own sometimes) and I've confirmed that the foot and toes are fine, but. She still hobbles around (most times) like her toes are still curled. She lays around a lot more, like she has lack of strength, and I am concerned about her. I have a good attachment to this one since it is my most docile and very friendly and I am concerned that she hasn't realized or learned?? That she can walk normally now. It has only been a few days but I was thinking that she should be walking around normally by now. Should I give it some time?
Ive been making sure that she is eating and drinking well, and she still does. She does get around fine, she just hobbles still. Idk. I might be just too concerned about her. She ISNT being picked on, I was kind of expecting she would be since she is the runt and is not very mobile. She actually gets protected by these two specific chicks and they try to guard her when my hand drops in and they think I'm some monster come to attack :lol: Its very cute.

anywho, thanks for all the tips and advice. Cheers!!:hugs

M:bun
 

Nabiki

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Can you post a video to YouTube and put the link here?

If she's a runt and not too mobile, be aware that she might not make it. Often chicks that have obvious problems when they hatch have other, less obvious problems that make them less likely to thrive.

I wish you luck!
 

m1chelle1

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Jan 12, 2017
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Central Florida Coast
Can you post a video to YouTube and put the link here?

If she's a runt and not too mobile, be aware that she might not make it. Often chicks that have obvious problems when they hatch have other, less obvious problems that make them less likely to thrive.

I wish you luck!
that was my concern. I think this one may make it, I don't notice the limp as much anymore day by day, so I am thinking that she is slowly recovering. I think time will tell. I'll look into posting a video.
thanks for the reply! :hugs
 

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