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Discussion in 'Quail' started by Rozzie, Jul 27, 2010.
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.
My birds LOVE cuttlebone!!!!! Keeps them from pecking & chasing each other so much! I also buy mine on Ebay.
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.
Quote:Cuttle bone and oyster shells both supply calcium, it doesn't matter which you use.
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.
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.
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.