Help with 1 week olds quick!!!!!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Rose98, Mar 21, 2016.

  1. Rose98

    Rose98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    have 11 week old quails who are all slowly starting to act strange....
    There eating & drinking fine but after they do so they sit there opening and closing their mouth, panting..... eyes shut., body shaking
    They are still reasonably strong, some worse than others..... i'm holding the smallest wrapped up in a rag currently...
    what is the go.... don't want them to all die,i have had 2 do so already but they weren't eating.
     
  2. Joshp

    Joshp Out Of The Brooder

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    Im only new to quail myself, and your title says 1 week but your post says 11 weeks, if they are 1 week old, maybe they are too hot in your brooder!
     
  3. RonoKT

    RonoKT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "11, (1) week old"?
     
  4. Rose98

    Rose98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry...it was a stupid way to put it. Yes 11 quail chicks 1 week old.
    I have had overheated chook chicks before and they didn't really act like this. How warm should the brooder be? mine is about 34 degrees Celsius.
    The thing is the majority of them only act strange after eating/drinking. Sort of worried.
     
  5. DK newbie

    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you grinding their feed? And what are you feeding them? I don't think 34 C is too much, but people say you can tell by watching the chicks - if they clump together right under the lamp, they are too cold, if they stay as far away from it as possible, they are too warm.
     
  6. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

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    At 1 week old brooder should be at 95 degrees Farenheit.(sorry I don't know the conversion).Each week after drop 5 degrees.The crumble feed should have enough dust to feed them until they can eat the crumble itself.
    Is the heat source to close to them?Is there airflow in your brooder?They may also have a deficiency.I had this problem with bobwhites and I had to add sulmet to their water supply once a week.
    In N.H.,Tony.
     
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2016
  7. chicken cheeto

    chicken cheeto New Egg

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    Can you update please? And let us know what advice you may have tried and the outcome? I would like to try to incubate some quail and I want to be prepared....
     
  8. Rose98

    Rose98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm crushing their food, and they seem to have good appetites, they are on medicated chick starter (pet shop recommended it) as well as boiled egg yolk. 95 Fahrenheit is about 35 Celsius. When they act weird (shaking, eyes shut, etc) they stand on their own. Thanks for the help
     
  9. cmobley

    cmobley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quail need high protein feed 24% or more. I use 30% purina gamebird starter check your protein content in your feed.
     
  10. 2chicksagain

    2chicksagain Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Add some diatomaceous earth to the water. It really helps!! [​IMG]
     

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