Is my female I'll or injured? Help please!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Fernan18, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. Fernan18

    Fernan18 In the Brooder

    May 8, 2019
    Hey everyone,
    My females are laying eggs every day and seem healthy. They have a good appetite, they drink plenty of fresh water. I noticed one layed 2 eggs in a basket I gave them and lays on them periodically (I think she gets off when we come in the room though)
    I noticed she had a patch of feathers missing in the back of her back (lower closer to the tail) and very little on her head. Now I've read in this site that it's a normal breeding thing. BUT the patch on the back is spreading I think and now she has a protruding white (looks like a feather bone) coming out. This one though seems Enflamed and swollen like. I tried looking at it in more detail and when I touched it she panicked. The patch also seems to be very dry and no feathers look like they are growing back.

    I'm just concerned if this is an illness? A common breeding act? Or Bullying?

    I'm quite concerned and don't want to loose her :( please help if you can offer any advice
    Thank you
  2. DK newbie

    DK newbie Songster

    Apr 20, 2015
    She might be the favorite of your male so he is over mating her. If you don't do anything about it, she is unlikely to get her feathers back anytime soon. Things you can do includes removing the male, moving the birds to a larger enclosure, adding enrichment to the enclosure and places to hide and getting more females.
    Could you get a picture of this inflamed and swollen looking pin feather? If it really is, it might be necessary to pluck it out, but pin feathers can look strange sometimes.
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  3. le_bwah

    le_bwah Crowing

    May 1, 2018
    Boise, ID
    My Coop
    Can you post a picture of her head? That would help people here give you the best advice.
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  4. getaclue

    getaclue Crossing the Road

    Jun 19, 2013
    Central Florida
    Nice, fairly close up pictures, please.
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