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Discussion in 'Quail' started by tlstal, Mar 18, 2013.
How often should I let my quail dust bathe
As often as they like. You can set a box with sand or dirt or DE in it and they will go bathing frolicking daily. Dust bathing is a natural habit that they desire and need.
In your opinion is 2 parts Texas sandy loom 1 part ashes from my wood stove good I put a small box in each of my breeder boxes today with this mix there outside but got quite dusty lol they did seem to love it though
Yes that is good for them. The ashes are good for bathing. I have always used sand (it's cheap and they seam to like it) but other soils and things like ashes are good as well.
I took sand from by a river, I put it in a disposable roasting pan. They love it!!! Most of it will end up everywhere besides in the pan tho.
Does anyone have a suggestion for what white quail can bathe in that doesn't make them look filthy? At the moment they have fine greyish/black sand and they look pretty shabby! Would yellow sand be better?
They do LOVE their sand though, as soon as I put some new sand in the bowl they hop straight in.
Plain old dirt out of the garden works quite well. If you moisten it a bit, your birds will dive in like there is no tomorrow!
As for dust bathing, all that dirt is what keeps their feathers and skin in good condition. So let them be dirty.
My quail LOVE playing in the dirt! I have an old soup pot (like 4 inches tall) in their pen and I have to refill it every few days because they play in it so much! You should have seen them when I first put the pot in there. I never knew you could fit that many quail in one pot!
Would potting soil hurt them? It has plant food in it and stuff and I'm just wondering if that'd be a problem. Or just straight ash from the wood stove?
Don't use the stuff with the perlite in it. Those little white balls. Not good for the quail. If you don't mind really dirty birds, wood stove ash works well.