Weird things happening to quail.

Discussion in 'Quail' started by quails-101, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. quails-101

    quails-101 Chirping

    Apr 16, 2016
    I have coturnix quail on the ground and sometimes when it rains a quail starts acting funny. I lost 2 already and it is happening to another one so I brought it inside my chicken barn to get it warm. It started acting wobbly and is not breathing hard but breathing with its mouth open. what could be going on. thanks for any info.

  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Free Ranging

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Quail can be kept on the ground safe enough, however it is always recommended to keep their area dry. Use a roof, tarp up the sides, etc...during rainy periods. Like any other poultry area, too much water brings out all the bacteria, parasites and protazoa.

    Have you wormed them recently? If they appear to be gasping for air without any respiratory distress (runny nose, watery or gummy eyes, rattles when breathing etc...), they may have gape worm. Not all that common in chickens, but quail are susceptible.

    Other internal parasites explode with too much water...round worms, tape worms and even the protazoa Coccidiosis.

    You might run a course of Safeguard through them. Either the Liquid or the Paste. This will kill off all the internal worms.

    If you are seeing any symptoms of Cocci, (white diarrhea, bloody poop or diarrhea, going off food and water) you might use some Corid on them.

    When your grounds stay wet too long, all kinds of pathogens and parasites breed to epic proportions. Birds develop immunity to their environment however wet too fast does not allow time for good immune response. It would be best to keep your quail areas as dry as possible to help prevent things that can harm your birds from taking hold.
  4. quails-101

    quails-101 Chirping

    Apr 16, 2016
    Thanks. I have never had this problem but I put bricks, rocks and logs for them to stand on and I always have a tarp I leave it off during the day and roll it over at night or when it starts to rain. I got some wazine 17 but that only kills a certain type of worms but I don't know how to mix it with the 21 quail in that coop with there gallon water. I never had this problem with bobwhite.

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