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Yesterday I picked up a pair of Quails.. I actually got this pair through someone a friend of mine knows, she told the man that I am after a pair of Quails and he told her he has some that he would bring to the bird and poultry auction that we went to yesterday (they go all the time, that is how they met) for me, and give them to me for free.

So yesterday morning we got to the Racecourse where they do the bird and poultry auction, and we eventually found the man, and I got the Quails from him. He had them in a box with wire on the top, the female Quail must have scraped her head on the wire because she had blood on her head, he said she will be okay and that it probably happened on the way there. I thought alright, I hope so! (she had been moving around in the box the entire time we were there, she was fine) We were there for an hour or so, and then we came home. When we got home, I noticed that she had scraped her head AGAIN, she had blood coming from another spot.. so I cleaned it up and when I went to put the pair in the aviary, the female was like jelly, she couldn’t move, her legs were backwards, and she couldn’t walk, she dragged herself along the ground. I put her in a tub, put a lamp over her and kept her in a quiet spot for the rest of the day and overnight.. I had to keep giving her water, but she wouldn’t eat. I didn’t think she would make it, but she started perking up, this morning she was alert and fine, I just went to check on her and she had passed away. :sad:
 

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Oh no... and you just got her... D: I'm sorry for your loss... :rip: little one... can you contact him and discuss it with him? It doesn't seem fair, but then again they were free...
 

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Thanks.

Well, when I went to put them in the aviary yesterday and noticed she couldn’t walk, I rang my friend straight away and told her, she said the male could have picked at her too, but I believe it is blood loss and shock or perhaps concussion. She said she would be seeing the person I got them from tonight (which was yesterday afternoon) and she would talk to him and see if he knows. I don’t blame it on the person I got them from though, I think it was just that she was a bit rough and caused herself injuries that were bad enough for her to not survive through. I could get another one from him.. but I think I will wait. The male is out in the aviary and he is doing really well, he is eating, drinking, and walking around.
 

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On The Linnie Forum I read several posts about some type of little bird that is easily frightened and flies up and bumps its head against the tops of cages and hurts itself easily. Is this a trait of quail? It may be another small ground dweller that was being discussed.

I am sorry for your loss. I'm glad the male is adjusting well.
 

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So sorry for your loss :( Yes it is a trait of quails. If they get a bit freaked out they'll jump up really high and obviously if in an aviary or anything like that it means getting a bad smack on the head. I've had quail jump up and hit themselves real hard and just died it's not very nice. I've also had an incident where one of the male quails younger male chicks accidentally (I don't know how...) got out of it's little area and gone into the mature quails part of the aviary (they were sectioned) and the male pecked it to death. It had no feathers or skin left on the top of its head and it was bleeding like crazy. That was the most horrible thing I think I'd seen. I took it out and did my best to clean it up but it didn't last at all .... so now the baby quail are kept inside the house until they're sold
 
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I'm sorry Renae :(
Thats terrible.
 

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Sorry for your loss. I have had wild quail jump out of grassy knolls when I have been out taking photos. They don't move until the last minute then freak and jump up when you are almost right up to them. Of course you don't even know they are there either until they jump and fly off.
 

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Sorry to hear about your loss. A horrible death happened to one of my quail chicks, literally about 10 mins after being hatched. There is a water pot in the middle of my incubator to keep the humidity right, and the chick scrambled ontop of the egg (no pun intended) and fell head first it. It was dreadful
 
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