Stupid Frustration Venting

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Omniskies, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. Omniskies

    Omniskies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought a batch of Moby Quail eggs on ebay and they were supposed to hatch this weekend. I had them in the hatcher in a wire tray on the floor for them. Friday I heard pipping, peeked through the plastic with a flashlight and saw them. Saturday I was at a show all day and didn't look at all. Today I held off from going by the hatcher at all since I wanted to resist the urge to open it early.

    I went ahead and opened it a little while ago and half the quail chicks managed to find the ONE bowed up spot under the wire tray, wriggled under it, and were crushed.

    But they're not dead. I don't know if that's better or a whole lot worse. I have a lot of chicks with spraddle leg that look pretty flat. We're talking a lot.

    Now I don't know what to do. I have them all in the brooder. I'm just really frustrated.
     
  2. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Knoxville,TN
    Try to make them a little splint. How big are they?
     
  3. Omniskies

    Omniskies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1-2 days old. I don't want to put them down, but whenever I've dealt with one or two spraddle cases in the past it's taken up a lot of time. I have no idea how to handle dozens.
     
  4. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Knoxville,TN
    Put a toothpick on their legs and then strap it to them. After a few days old it is too late.
     
  5. Rainwolf

    Rainwolf De La Menagerie

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    grab a pack of band-aids and some scissors...
    cut strips of band-aids long ways
    make little hobbles for each splayed chick
    I do this twice with the really bad ones.. first hobble is kinda half way between splayed and normal. Then once they get a little better I re-hobble for normal stance.
     
  6. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Knoxville,TN
    I had a guinea with a spayed leg and the others helped it around the brooder.
     
  7. cluckcluck42

    cluckcluck42 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2009
    Quebec
    We just hatched button quail for the first time. I thought it was safe but they somehow managed to get under the tray. Thankfully we caught them in time and got them all out. When I was trying to get them out from under there, the other ones were running over like little lemmings, jumping down. [​IMG]

    We had one spraddle leg that we tried to fix with tape and toothpicks but he died despite our efforts.

    I have no idea how to euthanize button quail. My fiance and I were talking about it. They're so small. [​IMG]
     
  8. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Knoxville,TN
    I put a pellet gun to their heads. That's how I cull all chicks. With a pellet coming ath their heads going 1000+ feet per second I doubt they feel a thing. A pair of bolt cutters might work too if thats all you have. I hate to cull, but sometimes it's best.
     
  9. _Randall_

    _Randall_ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    Grenada, Ms
    Quote:That's going over the edge................Bolt Cutters? Come on..............the dynamics of a pellet rifle is not what the OP wants to hear. A pellet rifle taking out a 2 day old chick???? [​IMG]
     
  10. diggypaws

    diggypaws Out Of The Brooder

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    I had some with splayed legs accidentally get out on the carpet, and they started running around almost normally, so I put in a white towel (so I could bleach it) and within a few days, I couldn't even tell which ones they were.

    It might be worth a shot to try something like that, especially if you have several. [​IMG]
     

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