Help! Dying quail!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by bcparkins, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. bcparkins

    bcparkins New Egg

    Apr 9, 2017
    I lost one bird last night and there were 2 more acting strange and exhibiting similar symptoms tonight so I took them out and isolated them from the rest of the flock. The one that died last night had his head turned backwards and he couldn't stand. He was flopping on his back like a fish and wouldn't eat or drink. The ones tonight seemed very tired and kept running into walls and the one was starting to lose his balance and the other looks like it went blind in one eye. I'm afraid I'm going to lose the whole flock. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 14, 2012
    Conway SC
    More Info Needed. How old are they? Are you feeding them a homemade feed or a Good factory feed? So many questions but I will wait till you give more info.
  3. bcparkins

    bcparkins New Egg

    Apr 9, 2017

    Mixed feed. Sprouted grains and seeds plus chicken scratch and sometimes laying mash. I give them any eggs that crack and I bake and crush up shells to make sure they get lots of protein and calcium. Not sure how old they are. They were rescues.
  4. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 28, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Are they hitting their heads on the top of their cage?If his head turned backwards it sounds like he broke his neck,that is why I ask if they maybe hitting their heads.
    In N.H.,Tony.
  5. bcparkins

    bcparkins New Egg

    Apr 9, 2017

    The one might have flown up and hit it's head but the one that had its neck turned around I could still move his head and he didn't seem to be in any pain from it and it didn't feel broken. Just more of a muscle thing I think. Like wry.
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2017
  6. Binki

    Binki Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2015
    Ontario, Canada
    Sorry to hear that... I would guess head hitting, something terrorizing them at night, but if it's more like wry neck from a deficiency, I could imagine them pacing to try and get out to forage for what they need. :eek:

    You listed some food you give them - do they have a staple feed like adult game bird layer feed?

    If not, I'd get them the game bird feed ASAP and limit the treats to 10% of what they eat a day, sticking to the most healthy which would probably be the sprouts :) then you can ensure they're getting sufficient nutrition.

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