Hatching Chukars

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by aprophet, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. aprophet

    aprophet Songster

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    Approximately how long from pip to zip on chukars? I have a few in lockdown and they started piping last night. tia
  2. paul88

    paul88 In the Brooder

    Jun 14, 2010
    I've had some take almost two days to hatch after they've pipped. Then some hatch within hours after they've pipped. They should be okay. Good Luck!
  3. I think mine were all out within about 12 hrs, with a very few taking up to 24hrs . . .
    Got some due this wed, so Ill take notice again.

    I hope this batch didnt get cooked, its been really hot here lately and the bator been running warm . . .
  4. aprophet

    aprophet Songster

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    I had 20 when I went into lockdown , I have had 12 hatch so far most took 24 hrs plus one or 2 came out almost as soon as they pipped. almost all hatched on day 23.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2010
  5. K, so I left my house at 5 and there were no pips . . .
    I just got home . . . 1 is out, 1 is zipped and getting out, and there are so many pips I cannot count, there are 150 eggs in this set.

    I know the last 4.5hrs is a big window, but Ill see if I can take notice of when the they all come out and average it together.
    im just glad that, with this heat, I didnt cook em . . . YET [​IMG]

    Mmmmm, chukar!!!
    I havent even tried it yet, but I got so many recipes lined up . . .
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2010
  6. K, so when I woke up a couple hours ago, there are at least 40 chicks out, most of the rest are anywhere from pipped to full zipped.
    The time frame was around 12 hrs so far, but lots more chickies to come!

    Just got back from the feed store to get more food for these guys.
  7. K, they done hatching.
    The window for most was between 12-24 hours.

    I got 127 out of 150 eggs to hatch!
  8. Smiles-N-Sunshine

    Smiles-N-Sunshine Songster

    Oct 19, 2008
    Palominas, Arizona
    That's a great hatch, chickenwhisperer! I just ordered 42 hatching Chukar eggs, myself. (A buddy of mine wants to train his hunting dog, so he bought the eggs and feed, and I'm doing the rest for half the finished birds.)

    I've successfully raised chickens, guineas, and ducks (coturnix quail in the bator now), so hopefully Chukars won't be too different! I'm planning on feeding them game bird starter (30% protein, medicated) for two weeks, then half-and-half with Purina Flock Raiser (20% protein, unmedicated) for two weeks, then switching to 100% flock raiser for the duration. I'll brood them in a big box for a week or two, then finish them in a 5' diameter (20 sq ft) stock tank.

    I'm debating whether to try free ranging some Chukars with my mixed chicken, duck, and guinea flock. The guineas range far off, then come home to roost, which sounds like partridge behavior. Or I could treat them like quail in a cage or aviary. Hmmmmm.


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