Quail brooder bedding and incubator time
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I don't actually brood quail myself, the parents (button quail) do that, but they are kept on shavings. They might eat a bit, I'm not sure, but it doesn't seem to cause any problems. A couple of posters on here stated that after trying sand in their brooders, they are not going back. Obviously the quail can eat sand, but if they do, it doesn't seem to be in amounts that hurt them.
I have raised many quail chicks on shavings and had no problems. I rarely lose a chick. As long as you don't overcrowd, the shavings stay dry which is important. I haven't read the posts about raising them on sand, but think getting rid of dirty sand would be difficult and unsightly, while you can just dump the dirty shaving in the compost.