JAPANESE quail can't walk

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Quail213, May 27, 2017.

  1. Quail213

    Quail213 Just Hatched

    Apr 26, 2017
    My quails were born on 5/25/17 and one of the quails has this habit to kick its legs to the side while being flat on the ground for som reason it can't walk and it's hips seem to go one way and the toes seem curled.
  2. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Read. You will learn something. Premium Member Project Manager

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    Can you make some "shoes" for the toes?
  3. JaeG

    JaeG True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Sep 29, 2014
    New Zealand
    Sounds like it has splayed legs. You will need to hobble it's legs close together in a normal position, far enough apart that they can still walk (it will take a little getting used to for the chick). Usually it resolves itself in 24 hours. Look up how to treat splayed legs. There are lots of suggestions online as to what to use and how to do it. Curled toes usually resolve themselves. I'd fix the splayed legs first.
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  4. Binki

    Binki Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2015
    Ontario, Canada
    Agreed and it needs to be done ASAP. I've had a couple of hatchlings do this and with a friend and the right materials it's simple to make a splayed leg brace and they usually only have to wear it for 1-3 days and then are perfectly normal.

    Also what flooring are you using? If using newspaper or other slippery flooring change to something with more friction like paper towels, this will help. Good luck!!

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