quail not standing good falling over

Discussion in 'Quail' started by victor miller, Oct 3, 2014.

  1. victor miller

    victor miller Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two quail that are falling over they eat and drink just not standing real good what is wrong with them?
     
  2. pjquail

    pjquail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are they? When my quail were 1st born, it took one of them over a week to get his balance and actually stand up on his feet and not squat, Now he's one of the strongest. I'm not any scientist or bird doctor but If the chicks are over 1 month old or around that age then I would say they have some type of birth defect (Not necessarily a DEFECT but a flaw or abnormality) How are they standing when or if they do stand up? If their feet are spread out pretty wide or overly distanced from each other then it might be Spraddle-leg or some other type of abnormality. Here is a link that might help though:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1185/baby-chick-falling-over

    Hope your chick improves![​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2014
  3. victor miller

    victor miller Out Of The Brooder

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    not for sure I bought some and raised some and got them all in one pin. I do know one is one I bought about 2 years ago.
     
  4. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    This is almost always caused by one of two things.

    1. The water in their waterer is too hot and they don't drink or another bird is bullying them off the water. When quail don't consume enough water they can suffer from nerve damage and will often be unsteady or fall over. Sometimes they even walk backwards or get weird twitches too.

    Nerve damage can heal in some cases but often the birds have to be put down. Usually birds will stop eating and drinking when they have this issue.

    Check the temperature of their water with your finger or a thermometer. If it's up around 90* or more they won't drink it. Most water fonts get pretty hot if they are in direct sunlight so it's best to try to place them in the shade.

    2. They hit their heads on the ceiling. Brain damage/cranial swelling will make quail walk badly, fall over, twitch, walk backwards or walk in circles. This is the cause of that type of behavior in most cases.

    If separated and kept warm while getting free access to food and water these things do sometimes heal. You'll also want to add a vitamin supplement to the water like VitaSol or SavAchick.

    Otherwise you may want to consider processing them while they are still alive and it is safe to do so. If they die on their own, do not eat them or feed them to your animals.
     

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