Dust bath

Discussion in 'Quail' started by cva34, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. cva34

    cva34 Songster

    Aug 10, 2011
    Van Vleck ,TX
    I have used play sand .Its just too high. I can get beach sand free.Sand blast sand at less than 1/2 price of play sand. River bank sand free I think.What you guys use???...thx...cva34
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    I've used dirt from the yard, play sand, broken-down pelleted bedding (sawdust), ashes from the wood stove, and pretty much anything else I can get hold of that is 'dusty'. They really don't care as long as they can fluff in it. You could always use cornmeal or flour, I'm sure they wouldn't mind being 'breaded' [​IMG]
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  3. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Songster

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    I used organic potting soil with DE and fine pine shavings. They flipped and flopped like crazy!
  4. thekid

    thekid Songster

    Beach sand all the way
  5. Jakenhoss

    Jakenhoss Songster

    How about if I use the sand from the creek bed? It seems to be soft but I'm not sure if it would be too scratchy for them.
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Did you see my post? You can use anything. They will even dust in their feed if they have an open pan.
  7. thekid

    thekid Songster

    Quote:She is right, go with the free stuff though [​IMG]
  8. joe125

    joe125 Songster

    Sep 20, 2010
    As Shelly says ...they will dust in anything!
    Of the 3 choices you listed. I would say 1. beach sand, 2.Sand blast sand, 3. play sand.
    The fact that my first choice was free, and they went up in price, is no coincidence [​IMG]
  9. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Songster

    May 23, 2011
    Balbriggan, Ireland
    I use play sand only because I dont have alot of birds
  10. Mek

    Mek Chirping

    give them the full course bath experience

    try salt, five star spice powder, white pepper and plain flour,

    then soy sauce

    then they generally like to bathe again in the powder to keep dry....

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