Dirt Bath or Not ?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Maxwell Schmidt, Nov 16, 2017.

  1. Maxwell Schmidt

    Maxwell Schmidt In the Brooder

    Nov 11, 2017
    Im fairly new to the backyard quail scene so I've got a couple questions regarding dirt baths for the quails. Ive got a fairly small covey of Coturnix (2 male 9 female) in a home built coop (8'x3'x16"tall) in my back yard. I've got them mostly for hunting dog training and for fun but I like to think I spoil them regardless! I've heard they really enjoy the option of a dirt bath in their coop for a few different reasons. I guess my questions would be:

    1) is it worth the time/money/effort to provide them with a dirt bath
    2) what size and "dirt" materials/ratios do I put in it? (Diatomaceous Earth?)

    Id really like to get into hatching and brooding soon and Ive heard that happy quail make hatching a lot easier! Thanks in advance for any input!

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  2. CntryBoy777

    CntryBoy777 Songster

    Apr 25, 2016
    North Ms
    Ours love to dust bathe, and we have an old clay pot bottom that we put all purpose sand in with some DE mixed in, they will run and hop in it as soon as it is put inside their pen. I'm not sure about the females hatching eggs tho, ours have never brooded, so it may be wise to have an incubator to hatch them, probably more reliable and dependable. Just be sure to vet one that has the insert tray for those small eggs. We have never hatched them, so I can't be of any help to ya on that....:)
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  3. TLC Mini Farm

    TLC Mini Farm In the Brooder

    Nov 15, 2017
    Same here for the "dirt bath". I buy all purpose sand from the hardware store and add DE. I use a kitty litter pan for my 8 quails and they love it. Fill the pan about 1 inch deep with sand plus 1/4 cup DE. I change the sand once a week.

    Sorry, I have no advice about hatching eggs. I bought my quails when they were 3 weeks old.

    Good luck!!
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  4. JaeG

    JaeG Free Ranging

    Sep 29, 2014
    New Zealand
    Peat moss is good too. The females will often lay their eggs in the dust bath. They get a lot of enjoyment out of dust bathing and it keeps external parasites at bay as well.
  5. Dani xxx

    Dani xxx Chirping

    Oct 23, 2016
    Farnham common bucks uk
    Mine love to dust bathe I use chinchilla dust bathing sand for mine there is always one in there I sprinkle some bird seed and mealworms in it so they have to scratch around to find :)
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  6. Drother

    Drother Chirping

    Jan 14, 2016
    Absolutely! Dirt bath helps them stay healthy and parasite free. Happy too.
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  7. Ulaidian

    Ulaidian Chirping

    Jun 28, 2017
    Belfast Northern Ireland
    I would put it in.. just an oul basin with sand, or dry dirt.. they love it, keeps their feathers etc clean as well. You will see them stretching out on it etc
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  8. YavGuy

    YavGuy In the Brooder

    Nov 15, 2017
    Chino Valley, Arizona
    Chinchilla Dust ...looks fun, may have to try it myself :th
  9. sfaith102

    sfaith102 Songster

    Nov 30, 2017
    I take some food and mix it in with the straw. They have a blast pecking and trilling! It doesn't last long though.
  10. 007Sean

    007Sean Enabler

    Oct 25, 2015
    South Central Texas
    Better have a huge sand box and a shop vac, if your going to bathe in it.:lau

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