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Quail acting drunk and loss of balance

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Kymw90, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. Kymw90

    Kymw90 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm sorry another drunk bird thread. My quail hen is acting like she is drunk and keeps falling over. Any help or tips?
     
  2. gorabbitgo

    gorabbitgo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's probably a sign of illness or severe infection. Isolate her from any other birds, keep her warm, and try putting some apple cider vinegar in her water. Hopefully someone who's seen this behavior before in their own quail can weigh in with more specific help.
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Mareks disease can cause "drunkeness" in poultry, a contagious viral infection. Botulism from bad feed can also cause stumbling, paralysis, etc...although death comes quicker with botulism than with Mareks. Poisonous plants, or even antifreeze can cause this symptom. Neurological issues from birth or even encephalitis's like West Nile, WEE or EEE can cause drunkeness.
     
  4. She could have "boinked " her head.
    Merecks is a chicken disease and is a wasting thing, they just get skinnier and skinnier.
     
  5. Kymw90

    Kymw90 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok I will bring her in and put her in the brooder and see how she goes. She's a cute little thing so I want to try and bring her around.
     

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