Quail limping with sliding leg

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Rebacopter32, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. Rebacopter32

    Rebacopter32 Out Of The Brooder

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    This little guy is normally really active, but I noticed he hasn't been moving as much. Took a closer look and saw his leg looks out of place and he's limping and slipping, while spreading out his wings to keep balance at times. I'm worried he's in pain, but I can't take him to the vet because I'm short on funds :'( I recorded a little of it here and you can see it better towards the end of the video. He's really tame and I would cry if I had to cull him. Anyone know what is going on? I was thinking it might be a slipped hock or something, but it doesn't look far enough out of place to be that. If it is, how do you treat it? Any help is greatly appreciated. Let me know if the link doesn't work and I'll put up a new one.
     
  2. Rebacopter32

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    He's worse today and can hardly walk, and his crowing is really weak. He looks pitiful.
    Anybody have any suggestions? D:
     
  3. dougjefferson

    dougjefferson Out Of The Brooder

    Cull
     
  4. dougjefferson

    dougjefferson Out Of The Brooder

    Cull
     
  5. James the Bald

    James the Bald Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Rebacopter32

    Rebacopter32 Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, so here's what happened. He's 3 months old, so I thought he might be too old for splayed legs, so I caved and took him to a "Bird doctor." She felt him up and says she thinks he either has a fracture OR his leg is dislocated, but either way his nerve was getting pinched and he's in pain. They then proceeded to tell me that to fix it would cost $400 (ARE YOU KIDDING ME) and they sent me home with pain medication that's good for five days until I make a decision on what to do. They said he needs an x-ray and bandage to keep his bones in place, but I don't know if I trust them too much (they killed my other bird 4 years back) and I don't know what to do. Now normally, if this happened to my other birds, I would not care and would probably eat them for dinner. But this particular quail I saved at birth and he's been a house pet ever since, and he's literally the tamest bird I have ever owned. He'll follow you around everywhere. I really don't want to cull him. So my question is, is their any way I can bandage it myself without having to pay $400? He wont be suffering for the next five days so I have that long to do something. When he was a chick, he was born with mutated toes and I had to fix them on my own, and they came out perfect. He also had a leg problem but it healed itself at one week of age.I don't want to make it worse, though, because I am NOT a vet specialist and I don't know a whole lot about what I would be doing. Is their any magical solution here?
     

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