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sleepy baby quail?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by pokey, May 17, 2009.

  1. pokey

    pokey Warrior Princess

    Jun 1, 2008
    upstate
    i got 5 two day old bobwhite quail yesterday. we have had baby chicks before but the quail seem very sleepy. is this normal? i saw them eat yesterday and i have added sugar to their water. i think they had a stressful trip here, so maybe they are just resting a little more? i also have the heat lamp at about 100 degrees for them with plenty of space to move away, and i changed it to a red bulb because i noticed one or two were picking at the others. any advice?
     
  2. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    I have only raised a couple, but when they were real small they would run around lighting quick for a few seconds then fall asleep.
     
  3. magikchick

    magikchick ~FEATHERFOOTED DIVA~

    Apr 21, 2007
    SW Florida
    Yeah they sleep a lot and they like to stretch out on their sides. First time I saw one like that I thought it was dead.
     
  4. pokey

    pokey Warrior Princess

    Jun 1, 2008
    upstate
    two of them don't seem to want to open their eyes but will move a few steps if you touch them. is that normal for quail? they are so tiny i can't imagine trying to medicate them, they are like bumble bees with legs.
     
  5. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    You can try to give them light karo syrup
    That may give them a pick me up
     
  6. pokey

    pokey Warrior Princess

    Jun 1, 2008
    upstate
    trying to give them karo syrup didn't work......they are too small and it was messy. i gave them a few drops of sugar water. their eyes are still shut. is this a problem from hatching?
     
  7. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    Some are just weak hatching is hard business.
     
  8. pokey

    pokey Warrior Princess

    Jun 1, 2008
    upstate
    well, i got two to perk up with a little sugar water. no wonder kids get so wired from sugar......lol. you go from near death to the road runner in two sips!
     
  9. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    I am glad they are looking up!
     

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