quail chick not growing

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by pestman, Dec 15, 2015.

  1. pestman

    pestman New Egg

    Dec 15, 2015
    I have 4 quail chicks which hatched on the 8th Dec so are 7 days old now. 3 are growing normally and starting to feather up but one still resembles a day old chick it appears healthy and is feeding well and its droppings appear normal has anyone else experienced this or any idea of what the problem could be.Sorry about the quality of the pic but I hope it gives you some idea of the size difference.


  2. Lozuufy

    Lozuufy Pigeons are nutty

    May 20, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!

    I've had a few quails that don't grow at first and some started growing and lived but a couple weren't strong enough and died. You could try giving it some poultry vitamins or a bit of mashed up hard-boiled egg for extra nutrition. I think that should help the baby grow.
  3. pestman

    pestman New Egg

    Dec 15, 2015
    Thanks Lozuufy,

    I will give your advice a go its still doing fine eating and full of energy its just so much smaller than the others.
  4. wornoutmomto3

    wornoutmomto3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2014
    My Coop
    I have had that happen, but only once. The chick was just weak and didn't survive. However, that may not be the case with this chick. It may just be a late bloomer. See if you can get your hands on it and check for excessive boniness. If that is the case it may not survive. Definitely do as Lozuufy suggests with the vitamins and eggs. Also, check that the feed crumbles are small enough for the chick to swallow. Best of luck.
  5. zidane721

    zidane721 New Egg

    Dec 16, 2015
    I just hatched my first bunch of quail and have one similar to yours. he is so much smaller then the others even at almost 2 weeks old, but finally started getting his feathers and seems healthy other than being a runt

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