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Quail eating the sand in their sandbox?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by lostquail, Nov 16, 2010.

  1. lostquail

    lostquail Out Of The Brooder

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    I put a "sandbox" of sorts in with my bobwhites for them to take dustbaths in but so far they only seem to be eating it. They'll scratch around a bit but for the most part they just gobble it up as if it were their food, although there's no food in it, just regular "all purpose" sand I got from home depot. Is this harmful to them? Should I use something else instead of the sand they have in there now?
     
  2. BobwhiteQuailLover

    BobwhiteQuailLover Country Girl[IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.

    Sep 25, 2010
    Wisconsin
    It is normal. It is good for them.
     
  3. BobwhiteQuailLover

    BobwhiteQuailLover Country Girl[IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.

    Sep 25, 2010
    Wisconsin
    What state do you live in?
     
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Sand is grit, perfectly normal [​IMG]
     
  5. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    They will eat some of it. If they were eating huge amounts then I might be concerned. I'd toss in a bit of poultry grit (maybe mix in a tablespoon or two). I do that for my coturnix. They pick out what they want.
     
  6. _Randall_

    _Randall_ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    Grenada, Ms
    Like others have said, it's a natural part of their dietary habits. I keep sand boxes in all of my Bob pens year round, and they eat about as much as they kick out when bathing in it.........and they couldn't be any healthier, I don't think.
     

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