Never enough Chukars

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by chickenwhisperer, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. chickenwhisperer

    chickenwhisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just got back from the Gamebird Breeders place.
    I bought some chukar and pheasant eggs off him about a month ago, and got a great hatch.

    I talked to him over the weekend, and he said he was gearing down on chukars for the year, but he had a couple thousand eggs stored for hunting ranch orders.

    He said I could definately get another flat if I wanted, so I went down this am.

    When I got there, we talked gamebirds for about an hour, he told me lots of secrets and his opinions, great info!
    He had to get back to work, so I pulled out my cash, and he went into the cool room to grab my eggs.
    He comes out with 5 flats, and tells me I can have em all for the price of 1 flat . . .
    I jumped all over the offer.



    So I got 250 chukar eggs for the price of 50






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    Last edited: Jun 29, 2010
  2. turkaholic

    turkaholic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hope you have a big incubator!

    I raised Chuk's ........ONCE! Nasty little demons:mad: Might get the nerve to try again someday, now that I know what I did wrong.

    Good Luck on the hatch!
     
  3. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:so what did you do wrong? tia
     
  4. holachicka

    holachicka Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Sounds like you have a good friend there!!!
     
  5. turkaholic

    turkaholic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:so what did you do wrong? tia

    Had no problem hatching and rearing. When they were older, I kept them in a colony and next breeding season they killed one another in short order.
     
  6. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:so what did you do wrong? tia

    Had no problem hatching and rearing. When they were older, I kept them in a colony and next breeding season they killed one another in short order.

    So they were all right through the winter in a colony situation ? They just need to be paired off for romance [​IMG] ?
     
  7. turkaholic

    turkaholic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I should have paired them come spring. I might try them again sometime, but right now pheasant ,quail and turkey keep me busy enough.
     
  8. Riffecreek

    Riffecreek Chukar Junky

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    Quote:one sure fire way to tell males from females is to put them all in the same pen in the spring... all the dead ones will be the roos!!
    I put a roo and 3-4 hens in a pen and they do fine.
     
  9. chickenwhisperer

    chickenwhisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My plan is to follow UC Davis PDF recommendation of 3.9 birds to a pen that measures 60"w x 24"d x 20"h.
    Im going to make 2 or 3 of these cages as a stackable unit, and thats how they will always be kept.

    The guy I got them from keeps them on raised wire pens, but his are enormous, prolly like 100 x 100, with little walkways thru them to help collect eggs, really neat setup.
     
  10. chickenwhisperer

    chickenwhisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ended up selling 100 of the eggs and set the other 150, just about filled the incubator . . .

    My plan is to raise the chukars according to the recommendations in the UCdavis pdf, 25 chicks to a cage.
    At the 12-16 week mark Ill offer some for sale, butcher some for a bbq with friends, and keep some for breeders.

    Like I said above, Ill keep 3.9 in each breeding cage, but if I end up with 2.6 or 1.7, so be it.
    I plan to have 3 cages, 2 for breeders and 1 for grow-out.

    This is all my first attempt at chukars, and the chicks I already have now are doing great.
    I sold some on CL, and havent gotten any callbacks about them, so thats good.

    I really like these chukars so far, the eggs have great fertility, the chicks are strong and healthy, and from what I hear they are very very tasty.
    Depending on the ease/difficulty of care, Im hoping they are a sustainable meat project for me, and I already know other people around here want to buy them as well.

    I thought I liked valley quail, but these chukars are quickly becoming my favorite birds.
     

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