Do Quails Need Sandbath Boxes?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by jm93030, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. jm93030

    jm93030 Songster

    Jun 4, 2009
    I have some quails in cages wire floor.

    Do I need to put them sandbath boxes?

    what kind of sand ?

    anything else I should put in ?

    thank you all

  2. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing 9 Years

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    I put in a bowl of DE once a week and they roll around it like crazy
  3. paddock36

    paddock36 Songster 9 Years

    Dec 24, 2008
    Ocala, Florida
    I don't know about quail but I did have them for a short period of time and I put a small pan in the pen with sand and a little DE mixed with in and they loved it. They would get in there and dust all the time. I don't know if they really needed it but it didn't hurt.
  4. Robo

    Robo Songster

    Jul 15, 2010
    They don't need it, but it will amuse them and you.[​IMG]

  5. jm93030

    jm93030 Songster

    Jun 4, 2009
    so that means they dont need a permanent sandbox?

    I was thinking to keep it full at all times
  6. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

    Feb 6, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    It's not needed but boy do they love it [​IMG]

    In each of my pens I have a kitty litter pan full of sand, pine shavings, grass...They love to dust bathe and it gets them off the wire a bit [​IMG]
  7. _Randall_

    _Randall_ Songster

    Nov 3, 2009
    Grenada, Ms
    Like everyone else has said, they love sand/dust boxes. I put one in each of my pens every so often, and I just use sand from a naturally sandy knoll close to the pens. I wonder sometimes if they don't ingest as much as they kick out while doing their bathing. I really keep it on hand for them in the summer months when I give them my bad tomatos from the garden.............(it's their seed-grinder [​IMG])

  8. Buttercup Chillin

    Buttercup Chillin Songster

    Oct 27, 2008
    SouthEast TX
    Don't need it but they love it. I notice I get more eggs when they have sand in their boxes. It's where they can hang out, lay their eggs.
    Go to safety if something is after them from the bottom. They get their treats there. In my case a spray of Millet once in a blue moon (tomatoes hugh, hum).
    Ya, the DE helps keep ants away and other little pesky critters too.
    They'll sing for you when they are happy happy.

    I buy a bag of play sand every month for them. Don't have a sandy knoll. But I have been known to just use sandy dirt mixed with the sand when I am running low. Cause I want those eggs.

    I think once you start them on sand boxes, they hold their eggs ransom for more sand. Smart birds, huh.
  9. Fat Daddy

    Fat Daddy Crowing

    Dec 11, 2010
    I didnt have any sand but I did have a bag of cheap potting soil that was dried out, they went nuts. My birds had never seen dirt before. There was a brawl to see who was in the box next, could only hold 5 birds at a time.... Bill
    jaymean likes this.

  10. _Randall_

    _Randall_ Songster

    Nov 3, 2009
    Grenada, Ms
    Quote:You may be on to something.... [​IMG] One thing about it.........they love to lay eggs in the sand, and they will be the cleanest eggs you can put your hands on.

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