Sick quail!!! Help please!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by laceylyle, Jun 10, 2016.

  1. laceylyle

    laceylyle New Egg

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    I went out to check the coop and found her laying on her right side. I took her out and put her in a temp cage to watch her. She can move her head and feet a bit just cannot stand up. She also looks like she is silently screaming, keeps opening and closing her beak but no sounds.

    It is hot out, 92 degrees with a light breeze, so I brought her in the house. Tried to give her a drink of water and some food, she pecked at it a little. She peed a few times and pooped once, the feces had little urate and the rest was hard and pebbled.[​IMG]
    Not sure what the normal amount of poop is but this glob is about the size of a dime. When she pooped she picked herself up and leaned over to do it. Then kind of fell over again.

    All the other birds seem fine. I keep checking on them though to make sure. Did notice that one of the others has some missing feathers on it head. (girl, i think)

    Any help is appreciated, thank you.


    ***We are new to quail so please excuse my ignorance. We have 11 coturnix mixed sex flock all will be 6 weeks old on Saturday. Coop is on the grass, they have construction sand for grit and dust baths. Feed holder and water container cleaned daily.**

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  2. da1goth2

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    Hi, is it possible that the bird has flown up and hit its head? Someone posted a similar post not too long ago and the cause was a head injury. The gasping had something to do with nerves.
     
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  3. DK newbie

    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't see any head injuries, but I agree she could have hit her head without getting visible injuries. However, with a hen that's above 5 weeks old and is breathing with her beak open, I'd always consider egg binding as well. Try to feel the area below the vent for anything egg-ish. If that doesn't yield any result, I'd just make sure to feed her as much good stuff (hard boiled eggs + ground up egg shell, probiotics, electrolytes and so on) as possible and make sure to keep her comfortable.
     
  4. Robert C R

    Robert C R Out Of The Brooder

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    I had a similar issue. I bet you are feeding pellets. Mine where getting the pellets whole in their stomach and then when they doing the pellets become swollen. Similar to issues with feeding them rice. I have stopped feeding the pellets and had no issues since. I use wild game purina chow 30% protein crumble. They love it and no issues. Seems they are gasping on pellets and it can according to my vet kill them.
     
  5. laceylyle

    laceylyle New Egg

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    We have this crumble from the feed store.
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  6. laceylyle

    laceylyle New Egg

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    I didn't feel anything in the vent area. Can they eat chicken eggs? Could I grind up their feed, mix it with water and feed with a syringe?
     
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    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicken eggs are fine. I guess you can grind the feed and mix it with water, if the problem is that it swells up, yes.
     
  8. Robert C R

    Robert C R Out Of The Brooder

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    That's the same crumble I use now. Is the bird still doing it? Try using a small syringe and giving her water. And do the egg with she'll in her food for a few days. Make sure it is blended well. Has she eaten anything other than the crumble? Grass? Salad? Anything you can think of?
     
  9. laceylyle

    laceylyle New Egg

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    I'm sure she ate some grass or at least pecked at it because the coop sits on the ground. I have been giving her water with a syringe and last night I did grind up some of the crumble to make a paste and fed it to her with the syringe. It seems to really piss her off because she thrashes around. I also gave her some tiny bites of boiled egg, again she was not happy about this. Here is a video of her eating with the syringe. Should we be force feeding her? Is it hurting her?


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  10. laceylyle

    laceylyle New Egg

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    I guess what I really want to know is will she ever be able to walk again and rejoin her flock or should we put her down.
     

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