Yesterday I found one of our female quail in the pen acting strangely. Well, strange for a bird. She was favoring one leg in particular and seemed like she couldn’t stand or walk– although she could certainly flutter. I squeezed in the back access of the quail pen and brought her out to further inspect any wounds.
After flipping her over, I immediately noticed a small but deep gouge on her right thigh. Not good. Anyone who has ever had a chicken with a wound knows that, no matter how large or small, birds don’t do well with cuts. And a quail thigh doesn’t have much to it so any cut is a deep cut.
I set up a quail hospital (read: spare small rabbit cage inside with hay bedding and a water dish) and smeared her wound with some triple antibiotic cream. Today when I checked on her, she looked like she was still going strong despite the cut on her thigh. Around here fighters warrant a little more care. It may be harsh, but I’m not going to put much effort into saving an animal who is just going to give up in a few hours and die anyway. They have to show that they won’t go down without a fight; they have to prove that they aren’t too far gone to fight for. Weak animals don’t get too much leniency around here.
So today I pulled the bottle of New Skin out of the first aid kit. New Skin is like super glue for skin or “liquid bandage”. I painted on a good amount of New Skin on her thigh and pinched the wound closed until it dried. Then Trevor used a bandaid to cover the closed wound and wrapped some medical tape around the quail’s thigh to keep the bandaid on. I am doing my best to make her drink every few hours and she had the strength to, not only fight us while taping her leg, but also to eat some barley sprouts. Hopefully she will pull through and heal up well enough to join the rest of her covey in a few days. Fingers crossed!