Toeballs!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by oxymoron71, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. oxymoron71

    oxymoron71 In the Brooder

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    Hi- one of my girls has a couple of little poo toeballs....only small (about 1/4cm) . What’s the best way to remove them? I’m thinking soaking in warm water, but that would take at least 10 mins, & I’m not sure I could keep her still for that long!!! Any advice? Do they ever just fall off? Quails are kept indoors btw. Thanks!
     
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  2. sarabeth485

    sarabeth485 Songster

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    I put mine in a 3ish gallon bucket with about 1/2 inch of water and then covered with a mesh fabric I had lying around. She jumped and flopped periodically and complained a lot but it worked well.
     
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  3. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

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    Your right it does take about 10 mins. I wash it off under a faucet running warm water.
     
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  4. AlleysChicks

    AlleysChicks Enabler

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    I cut them off with goat clippers. Took maybe 2 minutes. Nails needed trimmed anyway but I cut small bits of the ball off at a time to make sure I didn't cut the actual nail yet. I did it by myself but it might be helpful to have a extra pair of hands.
     
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  5. CoturnixComplex

    CoturnixComplex Crowing

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    I have been giving mine extra time in the coarse granite sand runs and it seems to be helping wear them off naturally when they start to form.
     
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  6. DK newbie

    DK newbie Songster

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    I've only had the issue with my button quail yet, and with those I just put them in a small hamster cage or similar with some kind of heavy substrate (sand, small stones) and pour warm water into the cage so it just covers their feet. I check on them every now and then - sometimes the balls are gone after a few minutes, sometimes it takes an hour and a half but apart from the initial panic from being moved the birds don't seem too stressed about it and there is no risk of pulling the toe nails off as I have - several times - if I try to remove the poo balls with nail clippers or other tools. Guess the risk of that is not as big with cots though..
     
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  7. ironjerry

    ironjerry Chirping

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    I break up slowly with fingernail or nail clipper or small scissors check bedding needs cleaned more often? I use corn cobs no problem now
     
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  8. oxymoron71

    oxymoron71 In the Brooder

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    I soaked her feet for 1/2h this morning while I was cleaning the cage out (which I do thoroughly once a week, but I pick poo up twice a day) - man those balls are tough!! They barely softened. I managed to pick the smaller one off, she was very good & held still, but the bigger one I only managed to reduce a bit. I’m going to soak her again tomorrow. Don’t want it to be too stressful for her. Have learned my lesson- will be getting them off at the first sign in future! Didn’t realise they were such tough buggers.
    What do you use corn cobs for??
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    I know with chicken chicks and sand in brooder, poop turns to concrete on toenails.
     
  10. CaloosaBirds

    CaloosaBirds In the Brooder

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    This may sound odd, but I've used nail polish remover to soften them, then they are easy to pick off. (I used the kind with a sponge on a wire.) It works pretty fast, too. Maybe 10-30 seconds for softening? Though I would suppose it depends on the size of the ball.
     
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