Lethargic quail help :(

Discussion in 'Quail' started by mathilda yuen, Dec 10, 2015.

  1. mathilda yuen

    mathilda yuen New Egg

    Aug 16, 2015
    Hello folks!

    I have a couple of questions, experienced quail owners, please do share your insights.

    1. My darling quail hen #1 has been
    • lethargic
    • puffy, fatter than normal
    • barely eating
    • sits in a corner
    • waddles (more like limping on one leg)

    I couldn't feel any egg in her vent, but soaked her bottom in warm water anyway. Fed her a little Apple cider + water mixture as a form of natural dewormer. Her poo is large and smelly, looks healthy to me.

    What is happening to her, and how can I help her?

    2. Another beloved quail hen #2 died SUDDENLY. I went out for 3-4 hours, and she was dead. Laid an egg outside her of usual corner, and seems to have collapsed just like that. No symptom, no nothing. Why is this so? :'((((

    Background information: I have 3 couples for close to half a year now, with ample space, fresh water twice daily, oyster shell, soft boiled eggs, occasional veggies and fresh mealworms, and daily dried mealworm. With fresh bedding weekly.

    Suspicion: each time a quail is introduced to a different, live-in cage for 2-3 minute, somebody dies the next day. Could the 2-3min spent in a different cage have caused their death?
  2. DK newbie

    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2015
    I don't know much about sick quail, but I have a few questions..
    You say you have '3 couples' - meaning 3 pairs? If so, what kind of quail are we talking about? If they are coturnix, they usually shouldn't be kept in pairs, as far as I know. It might cause over breeding and stress the hen.
    I'm also curious as to what their basic feed is - I assume it's not oyster shell and soft boiled eggs (and shouldn't those be hard boiled?).
    Last but not least, what happens when you put them in a different cage? Why do you move them? Is anything different about their new cage? Fresh bedding, newly disinfected cage, anything?
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2015

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