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Quail brooder bedding and incubator time

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Hello I am on day 17 of hatching a new batch of quail and I'm unsure of what bedding I should be using, the pine shavings I bought for this batch seem awfully small and I'm worried that the chicks might either eat them or won't have enough support to properly gain their legs. Also my eggs seem to be hatching pretty far apart and im wandering how long I should leave the hatched quail in the incubator with the piped eggs.
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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.

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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.

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