Can Chinchilla Dust be used for dusting?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by monarc23, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    is it safe to use? It's volcanic ash or whatever, I want something nice and fine, but SAFE that my adult button quails can dust in...they've been using their ground up oyster shell for it, and knocking it out of the cage so I'm trying to find another option specifically for dusting that wont' harm them lol.
     
  2. fullhouse

    fullhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sand maybe? A chinchilla is a rodent.
     
  3. monarc23

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    Quote:lol um...I know that. I raised and bred chinchillas. I was asking if chinchilla dust (the stuff sold for chinchillas to dust bathe in) could be used for birds to dust bathe in.
     
  4. fullhouse

    fullhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:lol um...I know that. I raised and bred chinchillas. I was asking if chinchilla dust (the stuff sold for chinchillas to dust bathe in) could be used for birds to dust bathe in.

    I have no idea what that is then [​IMG] Anything fine that's not high in oils like cedar is pretty much OK! Now I have to look for "chinchilla dust" at the pet store to see what it is. Hopefully they know what it is and don't think I want ground chinchillas [​IMG]
     
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  5. monarc23

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    Quote:lol um...I know that. I raised and bred chinchillas. I was asking if chinchilla dust (the stuff sold for chinchillas to dust bathe in) could be used for birds to dust bathe in.

    I have no idea what that is then [​IMG] Anything fine that's not high in oils like cedar is pretty much OK! Now I have to look for "chinchilla dust" at the pet store to see what it is. Hopefully they know what it is and don't think I want ground chinchillas [​IMG]

    ha ha!!!! Nah they won't unless they dont' sell any chinchilla products. To own a chinchilla you almost HAVE to buy the dust or their coat will get really discusting and they won't thrive well. Their fur is very important to their health.

    As for as long as it's not high in oils that's great!!!!!

    heres some info on Chinchilla dust if you're curious:

    no even better heres one dustin itself hehe
     
  6. fullhouse

    fullhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh that's cute! It didn't look messy either. [​IMG]
     
  7. jackiedon

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    I really don't think it would hurt but a pan of potting soil and DE would be cheaper. Chinchilla dust can get expensive and a chicken is a lot larger than a chinchilla.

    I remember someone on here last year saying they had tried everything for their chickens to dust bathe in and one day had emptied a flower pot and the chickens had a hayday with the potting soil.

    jackie
     
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  8. jaybme

    jaybme Chillin' With My Peeps

    They LOVE it! I use it for my birds- button quails lol, and they really love it.

    They also eat it like crazy. I decided to mix it half and half with calci- sand (for reptiles) so they would get more out of it when they eat it.

    Another person told me she thought the fine dust could hurt their eyes, but I have not found it to be so.

    For a chicken, I am sure they would love it too, and if you already have it- use it!

    My two -cents [​IMG]
     
  9. monarc23

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    Quote:thing is this is for quails (buttons very tiny- I pretty much compair them to a parakeet cept fluffier LOL)! My husband is the one who suggested just buying chinchilla dust at first (i had thought of it in my head but like you thought of the expense that stuff IS pricey) but hey, if hubby is willing to buy it im all for it! Now if it WAS for chickens you betcha I wouldnt even consider that! LOL! They'd need a whole can of that stuff for just one bath! HA HA! I need to get DE very badly, only can find it online though, wish I could find it locally to edit out shipping costs.
     
  10. starshrike

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    I had the opposite question - can DE be used for Chinchilla dusting! I found a 50 lb bag of DE, but no 50 lb bags of chinchilla dust. Somewhat ironic.

    I think Chinchilla dust would be fine for birds, considering both have a sensitive respiratory system, and chin-dust is supposedly natural anyway [​IMG]
     

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