So I have a young female who just started laying. Only got 5 eggs out of her. Yesterday she was zipping around as normal, but today when I come home, she is laying on the ground, fluffed, having difficulty breathing, and is on the brink of death. The poor thing's vent was blocked, so I fixed that, and all she expelled was clear liquid. Also when I picked her up, she 'gushed' water into her mouth. Of course aspirating didn't help the situation She will be gone in a couple hours or less I would just like to know if anyone has ideas on what caused this, so I can prevent it in the future. I figured perhaps respiratory infection, but in most birds I've had like that (not quail, this is my first sick one), usually had it for a few days before it got this serious. Are quail just good at hiding their sickness until it's too late? I know all birds are masters of disquise, but this seemed very sudden and rapid. Perhaps she got a hold of something that blocked her crop (or if quail can get canker)...crop stasis would cause her to 'gush'. Maybe there's a mouse getting in that I'm not aware of, and she ate droppings or contaminated food. Orrrr maybe she was carrying something when I got her. I don't know, just thinking out loud. Any ideas are greatly appreciated!