1. Cedar Creek Farm Lady

    Cedar Creek Farm Lady We "Birds of a Feather Flock Together" here on BYC

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    When I went out to check on my quail, I found this feller in the hide with a friend. Who has experience with quails recovering from being scalped? I separated him, of course, brought him inside. Cleaned up his head as much as possible, applied Scarlex and antibiotic ointment. I haven't probed in assessing him, he won't open his left eye today. I plan on a better assessment tomorrow after some of the shock has worn off. I just wondered at his chance for recovery & how the head usually heals after this kind of injury? I wish I knew who the offender was, he'd be supper or at least a good snack!
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  2. muddy75

    muddy75 Free Ranging

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    these things happen from time to time.....i’ve never really treated much....just separated and allowed healing time (until large enough to butcher).
     
  3. Cedar Creek Farm Lady

    Cedar Creek Farm Lady We "Birds of a Feather Flock Together" here on BYC

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    That's what I figured I'd do, I know the guilty bird was one of two wild type boys in that pen. That's why they're in that pen and not in one with some ladies.
     
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    Cedar Creek Farm Lady We "Birds of a Feather Flock Together" here on BYC

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    Went out this morning to find another partially scalped! So I just bumped up the GRAND OPENING of freezer camp today! Killed 6 roos! I wanted to wait a couple more weeks (they were only 5 weeks). I couldn't put one boy per pen, I don't have enough pens to do that. I have 4 pens with pairs/trios set up for breeding.
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  5. muddy75

    muddy75 Free Ranging

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    looks good for your first round!! looks like you cooked right away?? in general we “rest” for 24 hours prior to cooking or freezing.
     
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    Cedar Creek Farm Lady We "Birds of a Feather Flock Together" here on BYC

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    I was gonna refrigerate them to let'em rest but I was starved. :lau
    I was angry at the "wild type" for scalping, and didn't think they should continue to get free R&B.
     
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    how are the “victims” doing?? are they healing well?
     
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    Cedar Creek Farm Lady We "Birds of a Feather Flock Together" here on BYC

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    Oops, I should've updated. They went to freezer camp, minus the freezer and if camp is the oven. The worst one was looking really bad so I decided to end it for the little guy. They were both roos. I haven't had anymore like that since the culling, I have 4 pens set up for breeding right now, think they're 6 weeks now.
     
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    They can fully recover, sadly this happens fairly frequently with quail. Usually it is the hens. How is your ratio of males to females? Usually one male per pen seems to be enough.
     
  10. Nor-Cal Chickens

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    I had a Pheasant end up with a bald scalp...poor fella had his skull showing! Pulled him out and penned him alone and he's doing well but skin has not grown over his skull and I fear it won't. (It's already been a couple of months) At least he's still alive and appears to be doing well. I'll probably leave the poor fellow solo forever for his safety.
     

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