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Quail rooster's back of the head and neck/chest looks puffed up is that normal?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by emcrowder, May 27, 2016.

  1. emcrowder

    emcrowder Out Of The Brooder

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    My quail all turned 6 weeks old this week and my rooster started crowing about a week ago. I'm wondering is he puffed up weirdly like that to impress the ladies because he's in heat or something or is something wrong with him. It almost looks like he had a cone head in the back with his feathers like that.
     
  2. paneubert

    paneubert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Photos?
     
    Last edited: May 27, 2016
  3. emcrowder

    emcrowder Out Of The Brooder

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    Well not sure how good you can see him but I'm worried he's been sleeping pretty much all afternoon and hasn't eaten anything.
     
  4. emcrowder

    emcrowder Out Of The Brooder

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    OK I thought I did the embed photo thing but no pictures
     
  5. DK newbie

    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just guessing from your description, but could he have gotten his head stuck in the cage wire or something? Or could something be wrapped around his neck? Have you tried feeling the area, to see whether anything is going on below the feathers?
     
  6. Eggs on Toast

    Eggs on Toast Out Of The Brooder

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    It's probably nothing. Unless he's showing signs of weakness I wouldn't stress about it. Time will tell if he actually has something wrong with him. The only thing I could guess is if he's ill as my quails tend to fluff up when they become sick.
     
  7. emcrowder

    emcrowder Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok idk what was up with him but his head isn't puffed up anymore just his body a little bit so maybe it was just his way of showing off since he's also eating again
     

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