Greetings! I have some questions about Chukar Partridge. I've ordered 35 of the little guys to arrive with the rest of my McMurray order this June, and while I have done some research on them, there's a few questions that remain unanswered. 1. How close can I keep them to chickens? I'm aware of the disease risks of keeping gamebirds with chickens, unfortunately we live in woods which are utterly infested with bears, and building predator-proof coops is very expensive and difficult- so we have to get creative. I'm hoping to repurpose a large shelf I built onto one wall of my larger chicken coop- it runs the entire length of one wall (16 feet), it's maybe 2-3 feet wide, and it's about four feet off the ground. If I disinfect the shelf (the turkeys have been roosting on it) and put in a fiberboard panel wall to make it it's own self-contained cabinet, will that be adequate separation? I'll also have to keep disinfectant in the coop keep my hands clean while switching between caring for the pheasants and other poultry, obviously, but the food and water supplies will be kept in a different area and will not enter the chicken run or coop so they won't really be an issue. The partridge run is planned to be adjacent to the chicken run, separated by wire and wooden fencing. Will this be enough to prevent contamination? 2. Which diseases are they susceptible to when living near chickens? I've heard some names in passing- coryza, coccidiosis, etc., but I've never actually been able to get my hands on a full list. Can anyone provide that for me? 3. I'm mostly buying them for meat. I'll probably keep four-five for breeding, if the project is successful. For the other 30- what age is optimum for processing? Eight weeks? Sixteen? I'm looking to butcher at the largest size without the feed cost beginning to tip the scale. I may have other questions later, but for now these are the more pressing matters. I still have six months before they arrive, so there's plenty of time to change plans, if any advice from more experienced members comes to be of use. All answers, and any other tips on raising them, are highly valued and appreciated. Apologies for any grammatical, spelling, or clarification errors. Wishing you a pleasant day, QueenMisha.