Whats wrong with my quail??

Discussion in 'Quail' started by snsowards, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. snsowards

    snsowards Hatching

    Jun 1, 2012
    I have had a quail hatch and it seems like it cant use its feet and legs at all. Its feet are still curled up and one leg looks like it is at an odd angle and it has to scoot along on its belly. What can i do for it?!?! Will a chick chair help it?!?!?
    Heres a picture of it:

  2. bingrancher

    bingrancher Chirping

    Feb 10, 2012
    I had the same thing happen to me recently and it didnt make it. I cant really offer more as it was my first time hatching. I hope someone comes along that can help and hopefully it makes it.
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Usually deformed feet and toes of chicks comes from either too high heat in the incubator and or too low humidity. Usually that first one is the culprit. There isn't a lot you can do other than some vitamins in the water to help strengthen the chick. Sometimes they do get better. If the chick does not look like it is suffering, you can keep it alive by dipping it's beak in the water a few times a day and sprinkling food around him so he doesn't have to struggle for it. If he looks like he might be suffering, you might need to put him down.
  4. michelle15215

    michelle15215 Hatching

    May 9, 2011
    When we have had quail or chickens hatch that have had curled toes we have had success with placing bandaids on their feet. Straighten the toes out and place the bandaid pad on the bottom of their feet. Wrap each side of the bandaid onto the top of the foot. Just make sure that the toes are straight. We have also fixed dislocated tendends by putting the tenden back in place. Bending the knee of the bird and placing athletic tape on the leg to hold in place. We have also used the chair method.

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