new to quail, sand question

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Loretta212, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. Loretta212

    Loretta212 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so im very new to this quail thing and was wondering whats the deal with the sand bath and what kind of sand do they need?
     
  2. The Critter Place

    The Critter Place Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2011
    Tucson, Az.
    Hi Loretta,

    I'm not 100% sure what's behind the sand bath. lol..

    I do know it's just their way of grooming. The sand helps remove any bugs/mites they may have. And probably gets their oil moving too for better plumage.

    I do know they have a blast and it's so fun to watch them.

    Many of us use a very fine sand. Sold at places like Home Depot as play sand. A 40 # bag is only a few dollars, it's clean and lasts quite a long time.

    Just give them a nice somewhat shallow container. I use a plastic shoe box. Put an inch or so in it , and they will dive in!
     
  3. Loretta212

    Loretta212 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok lol thanks i actually have a few bags of play sand i only give my son one at a time lol
     
  4. The Critter Place

    The Critter Place Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2011
    Tucson, Az.
    Here's the first box I used.
    They pecked a hole in the bottom and let all the water out of the "Tub" , [​IMG] so I switched to a plastic one.

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    You can also sprinkle some crushed oyster shell in it for the grit and calcium they need. They will have fun digging for it.
    And some DE if you have it. That will help with pests and also offers health benifits.

    What Kind of quail do you have?
     
  5. quailmale

    quailmale Chillin' With My Peeps

    Plain ole DRY dirt/sand from your yard is fine, alot cheaper than play yard sand. I have a 24" x 18 " pan in each pen and it fun to watch them when I refill the pan they all (125) try to get in at the same time. [​IMG]
     
  6. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Bob Whites are on the ground & my farm is like living at the beach so their happy & always scratching & bathing in the sand. My coturnixs are on wire I provide them with a big black rubber dog bowl that I purchased from TSC. I fill it with sand & add to their pen. They bathe in there & lay eggs in the bowl as well.
     
  7. The Critter Place

    The Critter Place Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2011
    Tucson, Az.
    Quote:I'd love to see a picture of that!

    I can just imagine all them! [​IMG]
     

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