Whats up with this quail? ?

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

  1. Nekhebet

    Nekhebet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2010
    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

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    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

    Nov 4, 2009
    Chickland, Il
    Could it be wry neck?
  4. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

    Feb 6, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    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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