I have two cotournix quail that live in a cage in my room. They are approximately 4 months old and have lived together in my cage for their whole lives, as I moved them in two days after we hatched them. My white one, Dot has been a standard quail. She lays one egg a day, is active, and isn't particularly fond of being picked up. My brown one, Simon is a bit of a mystery to me. I thought I wasn't getting the proper amount of eggs, which really doesn't matter to me, two quail eggs isn't exactly breakfast, but I was concerned. She didn't exhibit any signs of being impacted so I was not concerned. About 2 weeks ago, I realized Dot had not moved in several days, something extremely unusual. I washed her up, made sure she drank water, and gave her food and I could tell she could not use her leg. I considered that she was impacted, but a warm bath did nothing for her and I assumed if she was, she would be dead soon and there was little I could do about it. Well, she didn't die. Today I took her out and washed her properly again and it appears as though her leg is properly broken. Strangely, Simon has shown absolutely zero aggression towards Dot, even though she cannot move. My dad has quail out back that are for egg-collecting purposes and if one of them is hurt, the other females immediately attack her. So basically I have two questions Does anyone know why Simon and Dot would behave so differently when Dot is injured? Why would Simon never ever lay eggs? Not a single egg has been laid since Dot was injured. Should I put Dot down? I strongly believe that her injury will not get better, leaving her dragging/hopping/pulling herself around for the rest of her life If I put Dot down, what should I do with Simon? These are social birds, Simon should not have to live on her own. I don't think I would be adequate or welcome company/ replacement but I also believe that my birds have lived the 'good life' and would be unable to hold their own with the birds who have lived outdoors. She would be attacked and she would be unable to cope with the temperature differences. We live in an area where quail are native, so I could set her free but I need other perspectives before I do something like that. I let it go for so long because I read on another forum that somebody had a similar problem but eventually the quail just started walking again, so I'm reluctant to put her down if it's likely to get better.