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Whats up with this quail? ?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Nekhebet, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. Nekhebet

    Nekhebet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So my husband told me to post this so I will, even though the chick is eating and drinking, and obviously growing.
    We noticed when we switched brooders the other night that one of the birds has a lump on their shoulder/chest region and carries his head in a slightly twisted way, kind of like a hunch back.
    What is this, and is it fixable? As mentioned, I've seen him scarfing food and he is one of the largest chicks (almost 2 weeks old?) in the brooder.

    On that note, is it normal to have a bunch of big fat fatties and a few little ones? There's plenty of food, so I don't see why they wouldn't be more evenly matched in size. I may separate them out if the runts don't start making some progress. I don't see them getting singled out particularly...

    BTW, the quail are coturnix, mixed all sorts of flavors.
     
  2. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    I don't know if its the same thing, but I had a turkey that looked like what you're talking about. He just got worse and worse till he couldn't walk right anymore, and the others started trampling him, so that was when I decided to cull him.
     
  3. apc

    apc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could it be wry neck?
     
  4. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    Do you see some fluid in the shoulder?

    I would separate him for a little while and observe him. He might overcome it. He might just be growing really fast or he tweaked his shoulder.
     

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