Grit for quail

Discussion in 'Quail' started by workindog, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. workindog

    workindog Out Of The Brooder

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    I know some people say sand doesnt work as grit for chickens because its too small. And some people say sand is fine for chickens.

    My question is, for quail because they are smaller, do you think sand would be ok to use?

    Ive been giving a little bit of egg shell in the sand, they take dust bathes in it and eat it too. But once they start laying, i will offer more.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. ShangoBunny

    ShangoBunny Just Hatched

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    I found this stuff called Chit Grit on Amazon. It's supposed to be smaller so that chicks (chicken chicks) can eat it too. It'a about the same size as crumbles.
     
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  3. DK newbie

    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sand can be many things. Sometimes it's packed in bags with specific grain sizes, like 0.7-1.2 mm, sometimes it's just a little of everything. I wouldn't choose one with a specific grain size unless I'm sure it's the right size for my birds, but if you use the kind with a little of everything for your dust bath, you should be covered.
    Actually quail don't even need grit unless you feed them seeds. Crumble feed is water soluble. They do need calcium though, which is what they get from egg shells, but this doesn't really count as grit as it is digestible.
    To ensure that your quail always have enough calcium, you can give them crushed oyster shells, egg shells or similar alone in a dish. They'll eat what they need and you can easily see if they run out.
     
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  4. workindog

    workindog Out Of The Brooder

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    What about if i offer them dried mealworms as a treat? Will they need grit for that? Ty :)
     
  5. DK newbie

    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I actually don't know about the meal worms. I've heard live meal worms can be hard for them to digest, but I imagine the dried ones wouldn't be much trouble because they are so brittle?
     
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