quail chicks play dead?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Fraoch21, May 28, 2011.

  1. Fraoch21

    Fraoch21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have quail chicks atm, 2 days old but the yellow one always lies on its back and flops its head like its dead. it gave me the fright of my life when i actually thought it was dead. can quail chicks learn to play dead? should i be worried by its behaviour? thanks
     
  2. mhwc56

    mhwc56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hahahahaha...EVERYONE who hatches encounters this...it is just happy/relaxed sleepy chickpea mode [​IMG]
     
  3. Fraoch21

    Fraoch21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    awhh thats so sweet [​IMG] thank goodness theres nothing wrong [​IMG]
     
  4. mhwc56

    mhwc56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    nope nothing wrong at all.it does give a person a scare the first few times though when you see them do it .
     
  5. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    I have 6 babies in the process of giving me heart attacks right now. Legs kicked out, looking all deflated and dead..... then pop up and head for the feed dish [​IMG]
     
  6. Fraoch21

    Fraoch21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hahah, its so cute, wish had more [​IMG]
     
  7. ScaredOfShadows

    ScaredOfShadows Chillin' With My Peeps

    yup I got my first four quail last weekend, I have a hidey cave for them, looked in there and there is one in particular that does it, gets in there and all I see is legs splayed straight out, and a wing tip all lax...lays the same way all the time, another one has a preference for the top of the 'cave', and lays out across it all playing dead. It is too funny. I am loving having quail and just how silly they are.
     
  8. Fraoch21

    Fraoch21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they are the cutest baby birds ive had, this is my first 3 quail aswel, hoping to breed them later on [​IMG] mine have a faux fur cuff off a jacket to cuddle into, so sweet when they think they are hiding by sticking they're heads in with bums hanging out [​IMG]
    btw i dont know what colour variations i was getting when buying these quail, i think 2 are golden but the other is pure yellow and i thought it was gonna be a&m but dont they normally have black on their heads?
     
  9. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have seen wild quail babies play dead. Mom took off with the broken wing trick, and I looked in the little bush that she started from. There were several fuzzy marble-sized babies in there, holding still. Very cute!
     
  10. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hang On A Second... You Say Its Lying On Its Back And Shaking Its Head? If So That Is Not Normal Coturnix Behavior... Yes They Routinely Flop Down On Their Sides And Stretch Their Legs/ Feet Out, But On Their Back?- No, Not Normal
     

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