Western Capercaillie

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by Akronic, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. Akronic

    Akronic Out Of The Brooder

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    So i was wondering if anyone has ever owned or bred Western Capercaillie. they are the largest of the grouse species and im pretty sure they are exclusive to Europe. i did some googling and only got wild info on them. does anyone have hands on exp with this species. Danke!

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  2. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

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    Absolutely beeeeeeeeautiful.
    In N.H.,Tony.
     
  3. J3172

    J3172 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love these birds as well, but I couldn't find anyone in the U.S.A. breeding them.
     
  4. Akronic

    Akronic Out Of The Brooder

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  5. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

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    Lot of people raise other grouse,but not the western capercaillie.Francy has lots of nice birds.
    In N.H.,Tony.
     
  6. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    One of these, called by its German name Auerhahn, actually plays a fairly large role in a traveling circus in the Gary Jennings' novel Spangle. They had a male and were selling "miraculous eggs" that bore the Austrian coat of arms until a rube pointed out that it was a cock-bird.
     
  7. Akronic

    Akronic Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah i can deff see the resemblence. I actually have a variation of this tattood on my calf, got it after i returned form Deutschland.

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  8. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    Interesting. And I don't mean that in a sarcastic way [​IMG]

    If you ever get to Bay Archery in Bay City, MI, they have a stuffed capercaillie on display
     
  9. RESARF

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    Hi,
    A pal in Norfolk..England UK. breeds Capercaille for a release programme back into the wilds of Scotland
    His name is Nick Willcox and his web site is www.pheasants uk,he's a very helpfull and knowledgeable person..
    Regards
    Peter.
     
  10. RESARF

    RESARF New Egg

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    Try a Nick Willcox at pheasants uk.
     

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