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Can I use sand as bedding for Buttons?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by BHep, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. BHep

    BHep Overrun With Chickens

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    As the subject states..... sand or shavings ?
     
  2. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    Shavings I wOuld suggest (non cedar)

    If you have access to pelleted pine or yesterday's news that's good stuff too.
     
  3. BHep

    BHep Overrun With Chickens

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    I think I can get the recycled paper stuff from Walmart. It's not call Yesterdays news, but it is an off brand, used it for Hamsters way back. I have pine shaving, use them for chickens. The closest "real" pet store is approx. an hour. Don't get there too often. Can I give them some sand in a container to dust bath in? I had Coturnix Quail for awhile and I would give them a container with sand and they were craZY over it. [​IMG] Sold the outside Quail and got the inside Quail. [​IMG]
     
  4. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    Oh yes, you can add sand in there too. But for a foundation bedding, pine shaving or a pelleted bedding will suffice.
     
  5. BHep

    BHep Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks AGAIN! [​IMG]
     
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    You can get the pelleted pine bedding at TSC, or you can use any pelleted wood that you'd find at a home supply store...it's made for wood pellet stoves, so just be sure not to get the stuff with an accelerant on it.

    I've not used the paper bedding, but if I had to choose between the pellets or the shavings I'd go with the shavings. But I'm sure sand would work too [​IMG]
     
  7. BHep

    BHep Overrun With Chickens

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    Well... I have shavings here so that's what they will get. I have been keeping them on newspaper with a sprinkle of shavings. They dust bath their food all over. Little varmints !!! [​IMG]

    I think I will wrap the bottoms of the bird cages in plastic to help keep down the mess. I also will be keeping a pair in my office in a glass fish tank. [​IMG] It is a 20 gallon long... I wonder if I put a divider if I could keep 2 pair in it. The tank is 12"x30", so each side would be 12"x15". Hmmmm..... What do you think?
     
  8. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    You should be able to, I have a pair in a 10-gal. and they have more room than most of my button pairs do.
     

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