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Help/advice needed

Discussion in 'Quail' started by MaryFaul, May 20, 2016.

  1. MaryFaul

    MaryFaul New Egg

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    Hi, my husband and I are new to raising quail. We bought one day old hatched babies and it seems all is going well. Except for one little baby. They are almost two weeks old and two days ago I went out to check them and this one little guy was on its side, legs out stretched. It's moving around using its beak and one leg. It's eating and drinking and chirping! I don't see anything visibly wrong with it. I have taken it out of the brooder and into the house in another bin and every 15 minutes (day and night) I'm checking in it and making sure it's eating and drinking. I've researched and I'm still reading all the wonderful information here. I'm just stumped! I've read about the splay legs but wouldn't it have shown that before now? They are getting enough protein and I've added vitamins to the regimen and I did go get this little chic some electrolytes. Should I treat it as splay leg? Any other thins I should check?
    We did loose a few in the first couple of days but since then all has been fine until this little guy was found on its side! I I have such a big heart I don't want to see it suffer nor do I want to cull it, but I also want to make sure we are doing everything right as I don't want the other chicks to take a turn for the worse. Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. eHuman

    eHuman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Laying on it's side doesn't sound like splayed leg. Are its legs "permanently" jutting out in the wrong directions?
     
  3. MaryFaul

    MaryFaul New Egg

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    He/she keeps them out behind him. It's been almost a week now, I've worked with it but I only see a slight change. It's now actively moving both legs and is still getting around kinda scooting I guess is the best way to put it It eats and drinks and I'm still checking in it multiple times a day. Both legs do bend and seem to move its just not standing up in them and she I try and stand it up it will flop over. Although I don't let it really fall over because I don't want it to get hurt worse, it's wobbly and maybe will stand for a second or two then start to fall, so I will lay it down. Ibfeel so horrible!
     
  4. MaryFaul

    MaryFaul New Egg

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    Not sure if my other reply posted. But yes they seem to be staying out behind it. Although now he/she seems to be using both legs to "scoot" around. Still eating and drinking but is not standing
     

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