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ONE Last Time with Chukars

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by Omniskies, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. Omniskies

    Omniskies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had horrible experiences with chukar in the past - which, I'll admit, was more my fault than the birds (I found out they will hit cage tops and kill themselves when they are young, and when you put them in a rabbit cage tall enough to keep them safe, that at a month old they can squeeze out of the bars and show up in random places in the yard - like your porch or near your satisfied cats, that they are cannibalistic, are always high strung, etc and so forth).

    But they're so pretty. And while reading pheasant information in this folder I keep checking out chukar articles, too. Just for fun. Not because I would ever want one again. Ever.

    Last night I picked up a trio of chukar by accident after going out to meet up with someone about something totally different, not wanting it, and seeing the little zebra birds instead. I had already driven that far so...

    Now I have questions about my new trio of chukar.

    I've searched the BYC forum for any answers, found a lot of great information, but wasn't able to find this. Any help would be great.

    I was told these chukar are around 2.5 years old and laid this spring and that there is one male and two females in the batch. Right now they are in a wire cage, but I plan on moving them out into a large covered pen.

    1. How long do chukar lay?

    2. How long do chukar lay _well_? As in the 40-50~ egg range?

    3. How long do they live in captivity? This seems to vary from five years because they will keel over from the slightest disease, to 15 years according to one article.

    4. Can chukar live in the same pen as pheasants? I have Jumbo Ringnecks in this pen and since the chukar will be eating the same food, I'd like to house them together.

    5. Do I genuinely need a colony of around 20 birds to get the most out of chukars? Do I at least need one more trio? I use "need" in the sense of "Is that what would make them the most comfortable?".
     
  2. Omniskies

    Omniskies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No one knows?
     
  3. pascopol

    pascopol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Unfortunately there is very little Chukar interest on this board. I pointed it up repeteadly to move Partridge species to quail board, but nobody gives a darn.

    Quail people have more interest in Chukars that pheasant keepers.

    Also Chukars have more common with quail than with pheasant species.

    So Chukar lovers are homeless on BYC
     
  4. Omniskies

    Omniskies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Poor homeless Chukar.

    I've been tentatively enjoying this trio and would like to know a lot more about them.
     
  5. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    I only know the answer to #4... yes, they can be housed together with pheasants, as long as they have PLENTY of room and places to perch. During mating season, the pheasants and chukars get a little snippy, but with peepers and supervision, they do just fine. [​IMG]

    I rotate my flock each year, so I really don't know how long they lay, and how well. But I do know I love them, and enjoy the sounds they make. I keep between 20 and 35 birds, but have had as few as 6, and I didn't notice a difference in how comfortable they were.
     
  6. Whitehouse Quail

    Whitehouse Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check with The Chicken Whisperer or whatever his username is, over on the Quail board. He has some and is always good for advice.
     
  7. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:CHICKEN WHISPERER HAS HAD THE SAME EXPERIENCE AS I HAVE... IN THESE HOT SOUTHERN CLIMATES THEY ARE ABSOLUTE ASSASSINS. EVIL DOESNT COME CLOSE. SEEMS THE HOT WEATHER MAKES THEM UNUSUALLY IRRITABLE?? I UNDERSTAND THEY ARE MUCH TAMER IN NORTHERN CLIMATES
     
  8. chickenwhisperer

    chickenwhisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:CHICKEN WHISPERER HAS HAD THE SAME EXPERIENCE AS I HAVE... IN THESE HOT SOUTHERN CLIMATES THEY ARE ABSOLUTE ASSASSINS. EVIL DOESNT COME CLOSE. SEEMS THE HOT WEATHER MAKES THEM UNUSUALLY IRRITABLE?? I UNDERSTAND THEY ARE MUCH TAMER IN NORTHERN CLIMATES

    The only problem I have with this statement is the fact that chukar come from a desert climate in "eurasia".
    They should love hot and dry.

    I think problems arise from space issues, or the result of excess humidity/moisture

    I will get more eggs to hatch next season I think, but I will not try to "keep" chukar anymore.

    They just dont make good pets, but they make an awesome dinner . . .
     

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