I know that poo-balls are a big issue for some quail keepers and I want to avoid it myself. I'm on a mission to discover the best litter/bedding to use to avoid said balls forming. I (of course) will do a big clean once a week and then little tidy ups when necessary, but my girls are messy ladies and even after being in a clean home for a day they've managed to leave quite a few little presents around the place that they have no issue in stepping in.
I've tried wood shavings and I found them to actually stick to their feet quite a bit. I'm now using turf in their run section and wood pellets with straw for warmth in their enclosed bedroom. I think the wood pellets work quite well, but I'd be keen to hear any other suggestions.
My next thought would be sand, just filling their run section with sand. I know they'd make a mess in terms of kicking it everywhere, but they'd love it as a giant sandbath and to my thinking it'd be easy to keep clean as I could easily remove any big poos that I see and/or just cover them over with a little more sand until it's time to do the big clean.
What do you think? Good idea? Terrible idea?