sand for quail?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by animals1981, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. animals1981

    animals1981 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have never given my quail sand do they really need it ? what happens if they dont get it? for dust baths?
     
  2. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    It helps them keep pests off their feathers. They really love it too. Not letting them dust bathe is kinda mean. Like having a horse and not letting it run.
     
  3. animals1981

    animals1981 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    will chunchilla sand be good? the kind we get at petsmart?
     
  4. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Mine will even dustbathe in sawdust. They have a great time in that, too.
     
  5. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Quote:I just use playsand. Much cheaper...

    Some would say to use a coarser sand, probably.

    I mix their grit & oyster shell into the playsand. They pick that out and eat it.
     
  6. animals1981

    animals1981 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    where do u buy playsand from?
     
  7. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Quote:Depends on the time of year. Lowes & Home Depot might still have it. Last time I got it was at an Ace Hardware. It'll be about $3-4 for a fifty pound bag.

    I know some people like a coarser sand. I like play sand because it's clean. I figure if it's sold as clean enough for kids to play in, it's reasonably safe for my birds. I don't trust construction sand this way.

    I won't scoop sand along the river because, well, there is a lot of nasty stuff in the rivers around here.
     
  8. LostinQuailLand

    LostinQuailLand Out Of The Brooder

    I use the play sand as well. My Bobs love it! I put mine in a kitty litter pan and watch the show!
     
  9. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Wal-mart should even have it in their garden section. Probably won't find it this time of year, though. I'd get on the phone and call around to save time.
     
  10. LostinQuailLand

    LostinQuailLand Out Of The Brooder

    Quote:Lowes sells playsand year round! Even in colder climates! About 3.50 a 50lb bag!
     

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