Something is really wrong. HELP PLEASE!!!


In the Brooder
9 Years
Apr 23, 2010
I've posted a few thing on here about my quail. First I thought she was egg bound (she might be, not sure still) and then I thought she had bumble foot cause it looks like the top of her foot is swelled on her one leg

She is getting soo bad. I need more advice ASAP.

Her symtoms:

-She can not walk AT ALL.
-She drinks plenty of water (I have to hold her over her bowl for her to get some)
-She doesn't eat really good. She wont eat her regular food at all so I make her boiled eggs. She only eats like a few tiny pieces every few hours or so.
-She's getting sooo skinny.
-She acts like she doesn't want to use her wings at all.
-She has diarrhea, I think. Its white and runny.
-Hasn't laid an egg in about a week, so she might be egg bound. Still not sure. (I soaked her in warn water once a few days ago. Gonna do it again tomorrow.)

She's been like this for about a week now. and I need help!!!!

I have her as a pet and I really REALLY don't want her to die.
Do you know if this disease is life threatening?
Unfortunately it can be. I use Blue Seal "poultry Crumbles" for my quail and it controls this disease.

The most easily recognized clinical sign of severe cecal coccidiosis is the presence of bloody droppings. Dehydration may accompany cecal coccidiosis. Coccidiosis caused by E. tenella first becomes noticeable at about three days after infection. Chickens droop, stop feeding, huddle together and by the fourth day blood begins to appear in the droppings. The greatest amount of blood appears by day five or six and by the eighth or ninth day the bird is either dead or on the way to recovery. Mortality is highest between the fourth and sixth days. Death may occur unexpectedly, owing to excessive blood loss. Birds that recover may develop a chronic illness as a result of a persistent cecal core. However, the core usually detaches itself by eight to ten days and is shed in the droppings.

Cocciidosis caused by acervulina is responsible for subacute or chronic intestinal coccidiosis in broilers, older birds and chickens at the point of lay. The clinical signs consist of weight loss and a watery, whitish diarrhea. At postmortem, greyish-white, pin-point foci or transversely elongated areas are visible from the outer (or serous) surface of the upper intestine. The foci consist of dense areas of oocysts and gamete (male and female sex cells) production.
Thank you. This pretty much sound like her.

The other day there was something reddish in her poop (not sure if it was blood or not) But I haven't seen it sense then.

If she isn't eating though, how will I give her that feed?
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Youneed to buy something to treat it, treating it with the medicated feed will not help it go away - Corid is available or anything with Amprolium, one tablespoon of powder per gallon water - I just did my flock
I hate to be the bad guy here, but a cull may be in order.

The symptoms described sounds to me like neurological damage due head boink, which is the best case scenario. The bird in question has a 0% survival rate, unless given constant care, and a 0% flock infection rate.

Most common poultry virus/bacterial infections in most game birds is not only life threatening, but flock threatening! Even if you manage to cure an individual, they can be carriers for life. Also most of the meds required to cure such ills, are not procured...OTC. That means $$$$

Either way...probably best to cull, sanitize, and look after the rest of the flock.
Just my hard hardhearted analysis...Sorry for your loss!
I am sorry to tell you I agree with Joe125 who mentioned culling. The bird will never be the same probably, but if you have more than one, you will lose them all. At least isolate her. The food is preventitive, so it won't work as a treatment.

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