Splayed Legs In Quail Cured

Sara, one of the farmingfriends visitors, contacted me for advice as 2 of her day old quail had a splayed leg problem. I sent Sara some information which suggested that she use a band aid to splint the legs. You can strap/splint the legs so that they come back into line. This can be done with pipe cleaners, elastic bands or probably best of all an elastaplast bandaid. I have found a great article that shows you how to splint the chick. Here is the link


I was delighted to receive this email from Sara with great news,

2 Day old quail cured of splayed legs“Great success with the splay legs cure.  Highly recommend it to anyone who has similar problems.  Can’t thank you enough for the info.  Lost one chick yesterday, it hadn’t looked quite right but seemed active, eating and drinking although it did lay with its legs stretched out behind when sleeping.  This has been my first experience of quail chicks although I have had adults for 3-4 years and love them.  They are not as scatty as some people say, I go into my pen 2 – 3 times daily and they are not spooked though I have noticed that if a stranger walks up to them they are a bit more flighty.  If anyone wants a very dark quail cock bird I have one I would happily rehome as he does not like the white cock bird and is quite aggressive.  Would probably suit being on his own with just hens!  I may have to build another run and separate him out with a couple of hens of his own.  Anyone thinking of having quail – go ahead, their song is a delight and the eggs are much appreciated by friends and relatives alike.  A lovely change to take to a dinner party instead of wine!!!  Their needs are not complicated and they do grow to know you, mine cope with 9 dogs (4 labs and 5 terriers) and, as their pen is by the back gate put up with the dogs going ballistic at anyone approaching.  None of this worries them, just goes to show they adjust to most things.  Once again many thanks for the advice yesterday.  Attached are two pictures of the quail before and after splinting.  Will recommend your website to everyone. Brilliant! Kind regards” Sara I am delighted to hear that sara’s quail are better and that the advice about splayed legs works.

  1. we have just had five chicks hatch & one of them had splayed legsthanks to the help link we spooted & treated it quickly
    & as soon as you put plaster to hold legs together the chick manages to stay upright

    Comment by PETER UPSHAW – August 9, 2008 @ 7:16 pm

  2. Hi Peter,
    I am delighted that your chick is now able to stand. It is great to hear that the information is of use.
    Keep me posted about your chicks.
    Kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriends