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Date Posted: 00:28:45 12/25/10 Sat
Author: Shawna
Author Host/IP: 208.95.64.87
Subject: Re: buttons in an aviary
In reply to: Ursula 's message, "Re: buttons in an aviary" on 14:17:15 12/24/10 Fri

Fine sand (silica or quarts) and peat moss are actually commonly used button quail bedding/substrate as well as in brooders for chicken chicks on the chicken and gamebird forums I frequent. I don't have any pics but I kept a pair in a 30 gallon long with the quartz sand for more than a year and raised several hatches of a few dozen to a 100 chicks on it. I just found it a pain to clean and being white to grey colored it showed up any droppings or spilled food immediately. It looked much dirtier than the pens with shavings. I haven't tried peat moss but have seen it mentioned as being very absorbent and useful. It always seemed like it would be too dusty to me so I don't know if I even want to test it out. I really don't want to use any type of shavings for a variety of reasons. All the aspen I've used before for small animals was a bit sharp and stuck to *everything*. Every bird toy in the cage that wasn't plastic or metal would have pieces on it within the week and I spent a month before getting it all off a microfiber couch which it got tracked to. Finding soft aspen is difficult.

All the suggested aviary substrates I've found have been for outdoor aviaries which could be rinsed with a hose or was something like plain soil for planting in. Other than that I just keep getting sand and shavings repeated to me. You'd think there would be something more ideal out there.

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