Quail acting tired - is she molting or ill? Bare skin on belly?

Nabiki

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I think they are just molting (a couple other hens are also losing feathers) but have been giving them DE in their sandbox every day, and vinegar in their water; seems to be helping. Everybody is eating and laying normally, so I'm just going to keep a close eye.

I did buy the vetermycin just in case - if anybody gets worse, I'm going to use it...
DE is basically silica. It's abrasive, so I wouldn't put it in their sandbox. It can cause irritation.
 

Mhays

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DE is basically silica. It's abrasive, so I wouldn't put it in their sandbox. It can cause irritation.
I don't ordinarily. Everyone seems to be OK for the time being (they luuuuuv the DE, rush for it when I put it in) but I do realize that it's not for long-term use. We change out the sandbox regularly and rinse the sand, so it won't stay behind.
 

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