I am often emailed about quail chicks falling over.
Hi there we are just starting out with hatching our own quail. we had 30 eggs which most hatched successfully.we then transferred them into the brooder,this is when we noticed that 3 or 4 quail could not stand up and were falling to one side.we are not sure what to do about this as this is going to make it hard for them to get to the food or water, i would appreciate someones help quickly as i fear i may lose them.
Welcome to the farmingfriends website. Glad you had a successful hatch.
I also have a forum http://farmingfriends.com/forums/ and one of the members posted about guinea fowl keets that were having trouble with their legs.
Here is the link to the post and all the information and advice given. http://farmingfriends.com/forums/topic.php?id=183 The guinea fowl keets had a deficiency in selenium and they were given red cell.
My friend Sallie has quail and a few of her quail have had problems with their legs have had mine. since she has been feeding them specific quail layers pellets she hasn’t had any quail with leg joint problems.
This is what Sallie emailed to me,
“These chicks hatched with what appeared to be fused hock joints so don’t think diet was an issue. Have read somewhere about the achilles tendon slipping off the joint but as I cant identify the achilles tendon couldn’t do much about it!!!
Last year I had a couple of older birds that got swelling on their joints, a large watery bursa type of thing but have not had (touch wood) any since I started feeding the Marriages Quail Layer pellets. Jolly good value those pellets as they are only about £10 for a large sack and one sack lasts a long time. Although with all the extra mouths to feed I expect to get through it a bit quicker from now!!! sallie”
I do hope that your quail chicks are ok.
sara @ farmingfriends
If anyone can give advice about quail chicks falling over, then please leave a comment.
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