Extremely sick quail (with pics) PLEASE HELP

Discussion in 'Quail' started by noodle1987, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. noodle1987

    noodle1987 Hatching

    Mar 11, 2012
    Hi guys, this is my quail Hilda. A few weeks ago I noticed that a couple of quails seem lethargic and kept shutting their eyes, their eyes seemed a bit pink and had a lot of sleepy dust on them. This passed really quickly and the quails seemed fine within a few days, but I cleaned everything thoughouly after.

    Suddenly I got back home one evening to find one quail very ill, she was tilting her head to one side, had watery green diarrhoea and seemed unable to stand and her head was on one side. Her breathing was forced and I didn't think she would make it, she seemed completely unaware of anything around her and almost paralysed. Unfortunately I was going on to work a night shift so I separated her from the others and brought her inside where it was warmer. I came back from work to find her completely normal and back to her usual self. I kept her apart from the others for a few days just to be safe and disinfected absolutely everything.

    About a week later the area under her eye became swollen. After about 2 days the swelling became so bad she seemed unable to close her eyelid, with the swollen flesh protruding out. I took her to the vet who seemed completely baffled, he prescribed some anti inflammatory tablets for the pain, cleaning with saline solution and a course of antibiotics for any secondary infections. He seemed fairly baffled though and has never treated a quail before. She is having treatment but now seems worse. The swollen flesh is now so swollen that it covers the entire eye on one side. She scratched the flesh protruding from the eyelid and it bled,(the dark bit you see in one picture isn't her eye it's the scab on the swollen flesh) she also has her other eye tighly shut. I went back to the bed who has given me more anti-inflammatories.

    I have no idea what it is or what to do PLEASE PLEASE HELP.

    Here are the pics, don't look if you have a weak stomach though.

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/528/imag0141t.jpg/ http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/191/imag0137o.jpg/ http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/526/imag0140z.jpg/ http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/819/imag0136ns.jpg/
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    I am sorry about your quail. What type of antibiotics did the vet give you? Are they the type that you put in the water and if so, what are they? For now, I would suggest keeping her under a heat lamp. Birds go into shock very easy and get cold. Shock can kill them faster than the infection. Make sure he eats. Offer up hard boiled egg to her and if this is the only thing she will eat, then it will carry her thru, anything she will eat to keep her alive.

    Keep up with the antibiotics, but it would be helpful to know what type she is on. Again, I am so sorry. [​IMG]
  3. TheWeeBee

    TheWeeBee Chirping

    Feb 20, 2012
    St. Petersburg, FL
    First off, did you bring her to an avian vet? Most regular vets don't have a clue about birds as they are considered "exotics" and require a specialist to be treated properly. Perhaps there's an abscess or a splinter causing the persistent swelling and infection. I hope your little girl gets well soon, she looks miserable the poor thing :(
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2012
  4. Jimsbirdhouse

    Jimsbirdhouse Songster

    Oct 25, 2010
    Gonzales, Texas
    You might want to try Sulmet.. You can get it at most feed store. I have had this happen before when I raised coturnix. I think they call It eye worms.
  5. TheWeeBee

    TheWeeBee Chirping

    Feb 20, 2012
    St. Petersburg, FL
    Any word on little Hilda?
  6. Resolution

    Resolution Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hilda is exhibiting symptoms of aspergillosis. She's succumbing to asper but first you must treat the underlying bacterial infection.
    How is she- if she's already died I don't want to get into how to treat her...

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