Do eyelids grow back?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by SeptemberQuail, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. SeptemberQuail

    SeptemberQuail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The question itself sounds, well, exaggerated. My quail's eyelid is not missing, but is actually 'chipped'.
    Yesterday afternoon when I was collecting the eggs I noticed his eye looking strange, and that's how I found out about this little problem.

    As you can see in the photo, he's closing his eyes, yet that little hole in the bottom of his eyelid kinda disturbs me as his pupil still peeks through.
    (Sorry it's badly taken, he hates being handled and wouldn't stay still. This was the best I could do.)
    We've cleaned his bottom eyelid a bit.

    But I'm just wondering, will it heal up?
    The cause is probably from another chick, but I'm trying to find out who it is. (We don't have anywhere to separate them as we already have one chick taking up the brooder of isolation)


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    Thanks.
     
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  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hard to see your photo well enough...Does it look like a tiny chunk or V shaped chip out of it? I have seen that before on some of my quail, although I have never really given it much thought or watched it much, I don't think the lids actually repaired themselves. The quail never showed any distress over it however. Unless this bird is being attacked or the lid is really injured, I wouldn't be too concerned about it. :)
     
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  3. SeptemberQuail

    SeptemberQuail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, my phone decided to focus on the grass instead of the little guy, and then he decided to scratch his way out of my grasp.

    Yes, it's like a little chunk taken out. He tends to stand in a spot and close that eye whilst opening his good eye, like he's sleeping. He seems alright, but it doesn't look comfortable. Hehe.
    Thank you!
     
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  4. MrNappy

    MrNappy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it scabs it will heal, unless someone picks at it (Like humans).

    My female white jumbo coturnix had that, it healed (not on the eye right beside it)

    My button quail had that, poor guys (i'm more worried about them than jumbo), and it healed (bottom of eyelid).
     
  5. SeptemberQuail

    SeptemberQuail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, let's hope it scabs then! Hehe.
    Thanks!

    A part of Rusty's (finally thought of a name, he's more orange than his siblings/friends) top beak snapped off somehow, there's dry blood in where it used to be. It's a little harder for him to eat, but the exact thing happened to his mother. But much more severe. The day when I got my quail, her beak was bleeding. The breeder said that it was during the car ride that she stuck her beak out of the cage and it snapped off. Also, all three had an extremely long lower beak. We've trimmed their beaks and now that they're healed, they're all healthy and happy. :]
    But hey, I got a lot of different colours from them in their chicks.
    (Thought I might share)


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    Oh, and back to the topic, Rusty had a bit of foam/bubbles near the front of his eyes (it wasn't touching his eyes, but the corner?), I've cleaned it out, but does anyone know why and how it happened?
     
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  6. MrNappy

    MrNappy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2012
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    Yea. my golden male used to have weak nails (feet) and weak beak (break easily), all i did was add more calcium (egg shells) and it got better,

    The white stuff might be puss, you should wet a cloth and clean it off. (Remember to dry eye after you're done)

    Or, it could be that foaming thing that quail do when they hyperventilate (I dunno if yours do, but my golden male is the most afraid of being held, and white female doesn't mind being held). They like regurgitate the water they drank in bubbles.

    You might wanna scrub some dried blood off, just in case another quail tries to taste. (You never know with quail, they'll try a lot of stuff, and they'll not even look at a couple stuff)
     
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  7. chrishel

    chrishel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've nursed lots of quail that had their eyes pecked at. I've even held them to water a few times a day to make sure they drink. Some of their eyes scab over and when the scab falls off, they are good as new. I do have one now that is blind. His eyelids were so damaged he can't close one eye and one eye is permanently closed. He gets around fine and I've even seen him mount hens. I know he's blind because I can wave my hand right up to his face and get no response. I make sure not to move anything in the cage too drastically so he knows where everything is (food and water).

    If it looks bad you can put some Neosporin or something similar on his eyelid. I would try not to put it IN his eye, but sometimes it can't be helped and gets in there anyway.

    The beak looks actually similar to what people do to de-beak birds to prevent picking. From what I've read, they cauterize about 1/3 of the top beak off.

    Sounds like everything is good now, though!
     
  8. SeptemberQuail

    SeptemberQuail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, my agriculture teacher said that the 'uneveness' of the beaks is probably from de-beaking.
    I tried to clean off the blood on his beak, but he never lets me hold him for more than a few seconds before killing my hands with his talons. [​IMG]

    The foamy bubbles were in his eye, I cleaned it out as soon as I saw it, and it hasn't re-occurred (thankfully).

    Thanks for the replies, both of you!
     

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