chukar's or pheasants? which one to raise?

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by itsasmallfarm, Oct 30, 2016.

  1. pheasants

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  2. chukars

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  3. neither

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  1. itsasmallfarm

    itsasmallfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hello a new bird keeper here (just started out with chickens this year) and am wondering which gamebird should i look at keeping for meat production either pheasants or chukar's. my grandparents raised both around 25+ years ago. but just wondering which one is easier to raise? what are the minimum requirements for space. (i like to raise my birds in a natural setting)

    Am looking at raising either blue back or melanistic pheasants or simple chukars (ring necks require a permit where i live where those other two don't) but any info would be great and very helpful on either one.

    thank you for reading asmallfarm out.
     
  2. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

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    Neither are easy as they are cannibals.Your pen will have to be huge to raise a number of them.It also helps to put lots of cover like branches or stick piles for them to hide in.
    In N.H.,Tony.
     
  3. theswede

    theswede Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I raised my first 100 chukars this year. They are 7 months old right now. They are hard to grow, and I lost several. But have learned alot since I've started. They are a very pretty bird, but will run fast if you try to get near them. I am debating now whether to raise more from egg and chick. The cost is more to raise them, and the pay out is no more than a chicken in my area of the world.
     

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