A Few Questions

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Nuttsy, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. Nuttsy

    Nuttsy Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone! My 4 buttons are doing very well. Even the one I never thought would make it is alive and well.

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    I wanted to ask a few things:
    1) Do chicks sleep a lot?
    2) Is the softwood bedding okay at this age?
    3) As a treat I give a few tiny mealworms now and then is that okay?
     
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  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes yes and yes
     
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  3. lomine

    lomine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you feed anything other than bird feed you must provide grit. In the case of button I image sand would be easiest as even chicken chick grit is probably mostly too big. I usually just take a shovel of dirt from outside for chicks still in the brooder; my yard is mostly sand.
     
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  4. ShangoBunny

    ShangoBunny Just Hatched

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    They will also eat diatomaceous earth, which you can add to their food or just sprinkle in their habitat. They will take a dust bath in it and it's also good for preventing mites, worms, and lice. It has to be food grade so that it's safe for them and for you.
     
  5. Nuttsy

    Nuttsy Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you all! I have been feeding them the "Manna Pro Gamebird/Showbird" feed. Occasionally I'll throw in very little chopped finch seed. But is the manna pro food good? I was reading something about salt toxicity?! I don't have access to gamebird feed so everything I have to order online.
     
  6. lomine

    lomine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been feeding mine the Manna Pro Game bird/Show bird. I haven't had any issues.
     

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