Grouse

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by horsechick, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. horsechick

    horsechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    Are these legal to have/raise?
    Some are so beautiful,
    Thank you,
    Angela
     
  2. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

    Dec 26, 2007
    Maryland
    I am keeping my eye on this thread because i want to know this as well [​IMG]
     
  3. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    Well, yes and no. You can have partridge, red-leg partridge, chukar partridge, huns, but not grouse. They are meant to be wild animals, like the Ruffed grouse, there was a failed attempt tried to keep some in captivity to introduce in another area and it not a great turn out. People call grouse partridge but they are just close cousins. Hope this helps.
     
  4. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

    Dec 26, 2007
    Maryland
    Quote:Guess it's the next best thing [​IMG]
     
  5. SamG347

    SamG347 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2007
    PA
    Grouse are very LEGAL to raise as long as you get the permits needed by your state. Just like any gamebird. they require a little more special attention but can be just as enjoyable as ringnecks. I have 2 sources for ruffed grouse...and if I would decide to get some I would probably get rid of all my chickens and make their pen the grouse pen. There are 3 grouse commonly kept in captivity....ruffed...sharptail....and blue.
    Hope that helps!
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  6. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    All I can say is they are quite tasty.
     
  7. Lophura

    Lophura Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They are legal to own and raise, but always check with your state dept of conservation or wildlife. However, they are not the easiest birds to own and raise!!

    They are much more susceptible and vulnerable to common fowl ailments than most captive galliformes and sanitation is very important with this group.

    Some links of interest -
    http://www.greatnorthern.net/~dye/grouse_ideas.htm
    http://snydersgrousepark.com/
    http://www.gbwf.org/grouse/index.html

    The Ruffed Grouse seems to be the most commonly kept in captivity.

    Dan
     
  8. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Overrun With Chickens

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    Another thing to add is that they are very pricey. The cheapest I have found ruffed grouse is $500 per pair. I think there are some on eggbid right now.
     
  9. spectrumranch

    spectrumranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have raised several types of grouse in the past- we currently have Ruffed and Franklin Spruce Grouse.

    www.spectrumranch.net
     
  10. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

    Dec 26, 2007
    Maryland
    Quote:you always find a way to make me jealous LOL
     

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