Help Trouble with newborn quail

Discussion in 'Quail' started by ejones1961, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. ejones1961

    ejones1961 Out Of The Brooder

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    My wife came up with some A&M quail eggs. 2 hatched and were doing good and within 24 hours are laying on their sides acting weak any suggestions for raising newborn quail (I have them under a heat lamp and have provided water and food). 2 more have pipped and have not come out more than 24 hours later but they are still alive ( I can see movement) just looking for some suggestions. I have had success with chickens this is a first time with quail.
     
  2. chicken+quail=luv

    chicken+quail=luv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    maybe the are cold and they have nothing to cuddle up against, and some chicks pip but are too weak and eventually die, but i think you should give them more time to hatch. Hope I was help! (and are your chicks covering in a sticky skin type of thing? that may be the problem) hope i helped again! [​IMG]
     
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:I would definitely help the ones that have been pipped for 24 hours. Quail don't take that long to hatch. It is probably a humidity problem. Their membranes dry out very quickly.
    Need more details for the two that are acting weird. What type of bedding are they on? What is the temp in the brooder? What are you feeding them? Did you show them how to eat/drink, and where the food/water is?

    They need a high protein food. Unmedicated game bird starter is recommended. Some use chick start, but you need to supplement with a high protein food source, like kitten food or egg yolks.
    They need to be on paper towel the first few days. Sprinkle the feed on the paper towel and 'peck' it with your finger to get them to eat it.
    The temp needs to be at a steady 95 degrees for the first week.
    Make sure to dip their beaks in the water.
    You can probably give them some poly-vi-sol vitamin drops, but not sure of the dose.

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  4. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:I would definitely help the ones that have been pipped for 24 hours. Quail don't take that long to hatch. It is probably a humidity problem. Their membranes dry out very quickly.
    Need more details for the two that are acting weird. What type of bedding are they on? What is the temp in the brooder? What are you feeding them? Did you show them how to eat/drink, and where the food/water is?

    They need a high protein food. Unmedicated game bird starter is recommended. Some use chick start, but you need to supplement with a high protein food source, like kitten food or egg yolks.
    They need to be on paper towel the first few days. Sprinkle the feed on the paper towel and 'peck' it with your finger to get them to eat it.
    The temp needs to be at a steady 95 degrees for the first week.
    Make sure to dip their beaks in the water.
    You can probably give them some poly-vi-sol vitamin drops, but not sure of the dose.

    WHERE IS MONARC23 WHEN YOU NEED HER???

    LOL Shelley i dont have much to add to this other than something really dumb for me to even mention HAHA...that you dont necc. have to have quail on paper towels for the first few days as long as the pine/aspen/carefresh type bedding is thick enough (atleast an inch or two) they shouldnt have any probs walking on it. That wasnt even worth mentioning though! You did great Shelley LOL!
     
  5. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

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    Wondered where you were!!!!

    I agree - quail usually hatch out very quickly so you may want to help them if it's been that long. Also agree if they are covered in the sticky membrane, it's definitely a humidity issue. They need to be at 95 degrees for the first week and being it's so cold, that could be a problem too. I wish you luck!
     
  6. linebacker

    linebacker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:How long were they in the incubator/hatcher before you took them out and put them in the brooder?

    Do the appear to be having trouble breathing also? As a respiratory problem.

    Brad
     
  7. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:I would definitely help the ones that have been pipped for 24 hours. Quail don't take that long to hatch. It is probably a humidity problem. Their membranes dry out very quickly.
    Need more details for the two that are acting weird. What type of bedding are they on? What is the temp in the brooder? What are you feeding them? Did you show them how to eat/drink, and where the food/water is?

    They need a high protein food. Unmedicated game bird starter is recommended. Some use chick start, but you need to supplement with a high protein food source, like kitten food or egg yolks.
    They need to be on paper towel the first few days. Sprinkle the feed on the paper towel and 'peck' it with your finger to get them to eat it.
    The temp needs to be at a steady 95 degrees for the first week.
    Make sure to dip their beaks in the water.
    You can probably give them some poly-vi-sol vitamin drops, but not sure of the dose.

    WHERE IS MONARC23 WHEN YOU NEED HER???

    LOL Shelley i dont have much to add to this other than something really dumb for me to even mention HAHA...that you dont necc. have to have quail on paper towels for the first few days as long as the pine/aspen/carefresh type bedding is thick enough (atleast an inch or two) they shouldnt have any probs walking on it. That wasnt even worth mentioning though! You did great Shelley LOL!

    I was thinking more along the lines of the little boogers eating it!
     
  8. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:LOL Shelley i dont have much to add to this other than something really dumb for me to even mention HAHA...that you dont necc. have to have quail on paper towels for the first few days as long as the pine/aspen/carefresh type bedding is thick enough (atleast an inch or two) they shouldnt have any probs walking on it. That wasnt even worth mentioning though! You did great Shelley LOL!

    I was thinking more along the lines of the little boogers eating it!

    mine dont [​IMG]
     
  9. ejones1961

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    Thanks for all of the replies.
    There was no sticky film covering and all were fluffy whe I pulled them from the incubator and placed them under the lamp.
    I did help one that was pipped and that one seems fine the first 2 didn't make it.
    I had them on paper towel for bedding and I do not have a thermometer in there so I am not sure of the temp I will check before I place the next one in there. I did put a stronger bulb in there though. I had set them right beside the food and water, my chickens ate good on their own, I did not show them how to eat and drink. I had ground chick starter there for them. They were only in there for 8 hours before they started going downhill.
    I had left them in the incubator for about 24 hours before putting them in the brooder. They did appear to be breathing good at first after about 8 hours they appeared to be having trouble.
    I appreciate the help I have 1 left that I helped out last night I will probably put in the brooder later I will monitor the temp and show that one the food and water and keep a closer eye on it.
    Thanks
     
  10. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

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    I'm so sorry - [​IMG]

    I am wondering if they were in the incubator too long. I thought I remembered reading somewhere that 12 hours is enough. I never leave mine in even that long - as soon as they are fluffy (or sometimes even before if there are alot of eggs in there) I take them out. I know they don't need to eat or drink for a while because of the yolk sac, but maybe the heat/humidity was too much for them and then it was a shock. They also need to be around 95 degrees in the brooder.

    I'm just guessing; don't know for sure but I'm sorry for your loss.
     

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