Mystery quail illness

Discussion in 'Quail' started by TheWeeBee, Jan 22, 2016.

  1. TheWeeBee

    TheWeeBee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2012
    St. Petersburg, FL
    I have a button quail hen, 4 years old who seems to have an upper respiratory infection or something causing her to sneeze and breathe through her mouth. The small amount of nasal discharge is clear when she sneezes. Her appetite, thirst, and poops have remained normal, but her sneezing fits and open-mouth breathing come in spurts. She likes to rest next to the heat lamp I have set up next to her cage, and she'll have short bursts of energy throughout the day. When she rests, her eyes are open and she seems alert. The vet put her on oral Baytril and nasal ciprofloxacin, and I have Soluvite-D in her water. The vet also found an unknown protozoan organism in her feces that had a flagellum but seems unrelated to her respiratory symptoms.

    Does this sound like a mycoplasma infection? She's an exclusively indoor quail, housed alone and kept on aspen shavings & a diet of purina gamebird chow & fortified budgie seed. None of my other quail are ill. It's driving me nuts not knowing what is causing my poor baby to be miserable, and if it is an infection, how long will it take for the antibiotics to start working?

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