Quail with Backward Legs??? Help!!!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by thepromise, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. thepromise

    thepromise In the Brooder

    May 26, 2010
    Orange County
    So I just hatched a couple of Jumbo Brown Coturnix Eggs. The seventh egg that hatched, Comes out really different from the others. Its not brown like the others; its white/yellow with a little bit of black. I thinks it looks cute. But then i realized it couldnt get up or walk around like the others in the incubator. and the others were picking at it. Then i saw its legs were not coming up correctly as it would fold right next to its body with the toes points out towards the butt!!!! [​IMG] Is there anything i can do or just leave it alone and let mother nature take care of it???? This is my first time with this problem with chickens or quails. Any advice would be great! Thank You.


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    Last edited: Mar 4, 2011
  2. froggiesheins

    froggiesheins Crowing

    Oct 14, 2010
    Jurupa Valley, CA
    OHMY poor little baby. Can you move the feet or does the chick move them? They look like they are just curled under? Can you uncurl the feet? If you can you could make little shoes to help keep the feet facing the right way and flat. The shoes are made from cardboard and tape. I like using paper tape.
    I wish you good luck that this wee one can make it. [​IMG]
  3. DuranAndy

    DuranAndy Chirping

    Nov 5, 2010
    Unfortunately I don't think its going to get any better. Sometimes chicks just hatch with deformities and there is nothing you can do. I think the most humane thing to do is to cull it. If you don't cull it probably can't get to food or water and it will starve to death.
  4. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

    Feb 6, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    It looks like he broke the leg and there is a lot of damage. In humans, we would go to surgery to get it repaired. You can try to splint it up, put it back in place GENTLY or you may need to cull. The little guy is probably in shock if this happened after hatch, that would result in starvation and dehydration.

    You can also put it in a separate brooder by himself, splint him up, have food and water available in front of him and try to help him out.

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