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Okay, so basically two of my female quails have died, both with an egg half way out. I've never had this happen before and it happened within a week. Does anybody have any idea why this may have happened? I find it very unusual
 

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I had a female quail that died before I think from egg bound its one of the causes most females quails die from so I read.
 

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I've had these quails for about a year and a half. As I've said, they never usually do this. My others have died when the whether has gotten far too cold or just randomly, but never this
 

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I'm sorry for your loss. I don't know anything about egg binding.
 

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thank you nanay, I've ordered two more to join my male cause he's calling out for them! I felt so bad for him.
 

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Poor little guy. I hope he likes the new ones.
 

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thank you! we shall soon find out
 

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I'm sorry for your lost as well!
You say you've had them for a year and a half. Have they layed eggs before this? And if so, is their some kind of thing they are lacking in their diet or something this time? It would make sense for both of them to become egg bound if it was something like diet or environment, at least in my mind. I don't know much about quails specifically, though.
 

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Yeah Chinese painted quails will lay an egg every single day if the weather is hot enough, I do believe that the cold spell is what is doing it. I am unsure about one thing though. I have been given different views on grit. I have been told that birds need it but many others have said it is potentially dangerous and should only be given in a little sprinkle once a month, so I started doing that. Other than that though, they have a very good diet. I honestly believe it was the cold weather we've been having.

but thank you for your concern Abby!
 

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Daisy - do you give them a calcium supplement? A linnie forum member has button quail, who just recently successfully hatched out chicks, and she keeps a cuttle bone constantly in the cage and they chow right thru it. I don't know about grit in quail, but I know in parrots it will kill them and can cause heavy metal poisoning :shrug: I know birds, like softbills, who do not hull their seeds need grit.

I would maybe keep them somewhere warmer, or give them a heat lamp to bask in to help with passing their eggs, and I would definitely get them on a calcium supplement or provide them with foods, like dark leafy greens, that are rich in calcium. Also make sure whatever calcium supplement you put them on has vitamin D in it, or they're eating vitamin D rich foods, so they can properly absorb the calcium.
 

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Thank you Jess, and thanks Jenny for the great post. Yes they have their cuttle bones and get plenty of dark greens, these guys have been outside for all of their lives and I have successfully bred 60+ chicks from the pair, which is what I didn't get about how come they're doing that now.
I will be sure to keep the grit away from the parrots, although I do have mixed aviaries and so that can prove to be very difficult!

Thanks for the help though
 

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Are they eating the cuttlebone? You might try avi-calm or oyster shell and sprinkle it in their food. It sounds like egg binding to me from lack of calcium. Quails need adequate protein, calcium, selenium, and vitamins A and E in thefeed to help prevent egg binding. I don't know much about quail but did an internet search and this is all I could come up with. Everything I read says the cold weather would not have caused it. I hope this helps some.
So sorry to hear about your quails. :(
 

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Thanks Teresa. They have the oyster shell and they love the cuttlebone. As I said, they'd been fine before hand. Exactly the same food, exactly the same supplements and then when the cold hit they didn't cope at all. Thanks for your help and the concern :)
 
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