Injured Quail Treatment

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OMG, I am not having much luck with my Covey. After one gender-fluid-slightly-confused roo was bullied to death, it seemed like my male to female ratio was righted. All was well - UNTIL. Suddenly, Meryl Streep developed a blush and started humping everything that moved; Meryl is MERV. And now my prized and favourite silver roo, HiHo Silver, has been attacked. We’re pretty sure sure it was James Bond that did it - he’s a real bully and even attacks us. HiHo has a quite deep bloody wound on his side and quite a few feathers missing. I’ve isolated him in one of the nesting boxes for now. What should I do for his injuries? Should I try to bathe them with salty water, or just leave him be until he heals? I know I can’t put him back out there until I deal with Bond; he has to go! Please help me, experts!
 

Misfits Farm 92

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Pictures would be very helpful. what kind quail is it? Spray vetericyn all over the wound if you have it. I have no experience with anything other than vetericyn. Quail usually go for the eyes and head so it might have been a predator, but I'm no expert in quail. I'm speaking from my own experience after 4 years of coturnix quail.
 
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I’ve just put him to bed for the night, but I did end up using Betadine (an antiseptic safe for use on animals) and warm water to bathe his wound. It’s a sizeable wound on the left frontal neck region, definitely a pecking wound. My coop is predator-proof and raised off the ground. I trimmed all the broken feathers around it & the bleeding seems to have stopped. He’s got water, feed and fresh hay in the closed off nesting box, so I guess I’ll just check him in the morning and hope he’s doing ok?
 

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That's about all you can do. in my first year of raising quail before I knew how vicious males could become I had a lot of injuries. I found that most of the time the quail would survive wounds like that. Just leave him for tonight and check him again in the morning.
 

Nabiki

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Sounds like you've done the right things. He should heal up fine, but you should definitely separate your boys. You should have 1 roo to 3-5 hens, and only 1 per pen unless it's a large pen with lots of hiding places.
 

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