Sick Quail

Discussion in 'Quail' started by SharkyMustang, Jul 14, 2019.

  1. SharkyMustang

    SharkyMustang In the Brooder

    Jun 17, 2019
    SW Missouri
    6AE88349-2359-463B-9680-FE85BDAFE3F8.jpeg I have separated her from my others.

    She was acting a little funny yesterday but when I looked at her today her eyes are swollen shut. I’m new to quail and have no idea what it could be. None of the others seem to have it though.
    She managed to open her eyes a little bit when I was moving her.
  2. J_J_max

    J_J_max In the Brooder

    Mar 7, 2019
    Maybe try eye drops for the bird.
  3. blackoaktammy

    blackoaktammy In the Brooder

    Jun 11, 2019
    Millers, MD
    From the picture it looks like the others were picking on her. Does she have any other spots with missing feathers or wounds?
  4. Tycine1

    Tycine1 Crowing

    May 26, 2009
    David, Chiriquí, Panama
    It looks like she has been pecked. (I assume all birds are female until proven otherwise as I prefer hens). A water or saline dampened Q-tip gently gently wiped from middle of face towards the cheek, over the eye, will help remove debris and loosen sticky secretions that have it sealing shut. Washing the eye like this a couple time daily should be sufficient. Don't apply too much pressure, as that could grind debris into the eye, the idea is to get the moisture on the Q-tip to loosen the gunk (without drowning your chick.) Examine your chick carefully to determine if it's otherwise acting as if it is ill of health, as birds tend to be absolutely merciless with any flock member that's not in perfect health. It's suggested that one sick bird can cause the demise of an entire flock, and their attitude about the sickling seems to support the theory. I'm not suggesting that your chick was or is sick, it could have simply had its face too close to something the other wanted and *blammo* peck to the old eyeball.
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