5 Pounds of Cuttlebone

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Rozzie, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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  2. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, you learn something new every day. Thanks for posting this. I'm new to buttons and hope to have coturnix hatch in 2-3 days, and I didn't know to give them cuttlebones. I used to have other birds, parakeets, cockatiels, finches and used cuttlebones for them. I thought you just gave the quail poultry gravel/grit and ground oyster shells as for other poultry.
     
  3. perolane

    perolane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My birds LOVE cuttlebone!!!!! Keeps them from pecking & chasing each other so much![​IMG] I also buy mine on Ebay.
     
  4. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I use regular oyster shells for my coturnix, I have too many for cuttle bones! A 40 lb. bag of oyster shells is either $5 or $8 at my feed store, it's been a while since I bought some. I could use it for the buttons, but I'd have to sift the bigger pieces out. I just go to wally-world and get them some parakeet cuttles, one lasts them at least a month.
     
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:Cuttle bone and oyster shells both supply calcium, it doesn't matter which you use.
     
  7. quailmaster

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    I have never given cuttlebone to my quail before and was wondering how would you give it to button quail.Would you have to break it up or grind it?
    Like I said, I have never tried it before.[​IMG]

    Thanks
     
  8. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:Just hang it in the cage, they'll peck pieces of it off. It is very 'soft', they don't have any problem with it.
     
  9. AuQuail

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    I have just come back from the beach and have a huge loads of it that I picked up.

    Do I need to soak it in water to get rid of the salt before I give it to them? Thanks.
     

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