Stumbling walk during heavy molt?

maadroj

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A few of my females are going through a heavy sudden molt. The one who has it the worst is walking very unsteadily, like she's intoxicated--sometimes sideways, sometimes backwards, sometimes normally, sometimes like she's dodging an invisible threat. It doesn't look like she's getting picked on. About two days ago, her back was largely bare, but yesterday it was mostly covered in growing feathers and more so today. There's also a large patch like that on one side of her throat. Is it possible she's walking like this because the incoming feathers are painful and she's trying to avoid the discomfort, or a nutritional deficiency from the hard molt? Or is she seriously ill? I've mixed Poultry Cell into the feed (28% protein) and plan to add NutriDrench to the water today.
 

Wyorp Rock

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I'm sorry no one has replied.

I don't know a lot about Quail, but the symptoms you describe I've seen that in heavily molting chickens before. Looks like you are on the right track by giving extra protein and vitamins.
It's a good speculation that incoming pin feathers cause them to walk/act like they are uncomfortable. If that's the case, then the behavior will only last a few days - as feathers come on in, she should act much more comfortable. OR that's what I've seen in a few of my molting chicken hens.

Hope all is going ok.
 

maadroj

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Thanks, @Wyorp Rock. She's doing fine now, so I guess that's what it was. It's sad that molting can be so hard on them and that she felt so awful, but at least it wasn't something worse.
 

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