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Scalped button quail?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by fishforbrains, May 13, 2016.

  1. fishforbrains

    fishforbrains Out Of The Brooder

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    For some reason, last night my 5 week old button quails decided to attack one of their cohort. He appears to have no skin on his head, nothing but a bloody mess. I put him into solitary, but should I euth him? Does he have any chance, or is it cruel to leave him to fate? He's just kind of cowering in the corner of the hamster cage I put him in.
     
  2. burdboy

    burdboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would give him a small does of baby pain meds and feed him extra protein
     
  3. fishforbrains

    fishforbrains Out Of The Brooder

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    What do you mean by baby pain meds?
     
  4. paneubert

    paneubert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Although some are VERY wary of/against dosing pain meds to birds. It is a risk. But if he is already majorly hurt......it at the worst will kill him and put him out of his misery.
     
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  5. burdboy

    burdboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah this is what I meant it's probably his best bet without an expensive vet
     
  6. fishforbrains

    fishforbrains Out Of The Brooder

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    Surprisingly he is still alive and actually acting kind of perky. I wonder if he'll have a bald head the rest of his life? Do you think I dare put him back in with the others? I don't know what set them off.
     
  7. rottlady

    rottlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    tylonel and Motrin will both damage animal kidneys and are no nos

    When I had Button Quail this happened to me twice and both birds lived

    I washed the wounds with black tea with an aspirin dissolved in it and both healed well
     
  8. fishforbrains

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    I didn't give him any drugs. I couldn't find any info on proper dose or the safety of their use in birds.
     
  9. fishforbrains

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    From my research, it seems it is ok to apply topical lidocaine to birds, but I didn't have any on hand, and the vets prefer opiods or carprofen for birds, both of which require a prescription. I would suspect tylenol is a big no-no because of its liver toxicity.
     
  10. DK newbie

    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't attempt reintroducing him until fully healed - including feathers. That will probably take at least a month. You can try to put him back with them, but if they did this unprovoked in the first place, I think the risk they'll do it again when he is looking weird with a wound on his head to perk their interest is way too big. If possible, keep him right beside the others where they can see each other, if you intend to reintroduce him to them and not just sell him or something.
     

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