Orphaned Button Quail
Posted 10 January 2011 - 12:36 AM
My young cousin today gave me a button quail chick, not sure how old but it's very wobbly on its legs so I'd say pretty newly hatched. It was found under its mother yesterday and they've brought it to me today after not expecting it to survive to this morning. Rather then just letting nature take it's course, I'd like to attempt to keep it alive but I'm completely clueless! I've only had adult quails and parrots till now :/ I've got it in a box with a 60W lamp sitting over but I'm not sure how low to have the lamp...
How soon should it be able to walk properly? I've read on several sites to feed it mashed up egg... I already have handrearing formula from a cockatiel... is this better or should I just go with the egg? any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated =) Thanks in advance
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Posted 17 March 2011 - 09:58 PM
Posted 24 March 2011 - 03:00 PM
Get some game bird starter from a feed store. It is medicated and different than chick starter. They won't thrive on regular chick starter very well. Line your box with paper towels and put the food on the bottom of the box so it is highly visible. Make sure it has water, but put pebbles in it so the chick cannot drown. If it won't eat, peck at the food with your finger to interest it.
Rule of thumb.....
domestic chicken, duck, goose - chick starter.
all turkeys, wild ducks & geese, quail, pheasant, chuckar, peacock, ect. game bird starter.
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