Quail and pigeons are good choices for most young pups. Well, the birds are for dog training (shooting) and the bonus is that they are great eating. A bonus is that they lay beautiful speckled eggs that make super cool Easter eggs when colored. It’s important to remember, though, that pigeons will fly up and away with a flapping of wings that can scare or intimidate a young pup first being introduced to birds. The guys there are knowledgeable and always willing to share info and they raise healthy birds. Chukars hold well and are good flyers, ensuring that your pup has time to find and point them and won’t catch them. If one can be guaranteed strong flushing chukars, they work well, too, and are a bit less expensive than hen pheasants. They are a hardy bird and require less space than pheasants. Attention Local Dog Trainers! Years ago, Bob’s father had several runs for his shorthairs attached to the rear of his garage in Elmhurst, Illinois, and also had a small pigeon coop with homing pigeons used for training. We keep some chukars in our bird pen for training, but we also like to use chukars when we continue our training at the game preserves. by Max2 » Fri Aug 29, 2014 4:17 am, Post The side panels are also 1.5″stock but they are covered with galvanized chicken wire. Usually by that time his new cover is growing and outside they have cover to hide in. I would section off a 5'x8' room in the barn, shed or garage and cover the top with bird netting as they will begin to fly at about 12 days old. Training will be impossible for a while with all of this snow on the ground! The common pigeon is likely the most economical and possibly the easiest to attain if you are acquainted with a few farmers who would like to lower the pigeon population in their sheds and barns. foot per bird to maturity. The disadvantage with pheasants and young dogs is that the pheasants will often run, making it more difficult for the inexperienced dog to find and point. Pigeon coops can be built and located unobtrusively in neighborhood backyards as well as country homes. I usually purchase 50 at a time so I forgot the original plan. If you have this particular pup, remember our Ranger, and make the effort to introduce your pup to quail. As you can see they raise the same as other poultry with just a little more attention to detail. Pigeons and hen pheasants are the traditional birds used for training flushing dogs. /wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Pointing-Dog-Logo-White-400.png, http://pointingdogjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/3661.jpg, ® Pointing Dog Journal in a registered trademarks of Wildwood Press/Village Press |, Traveling Wingshooter Upland Gamebird Hunting Forecast 2020, Next month, we’ll talk about the many different ways to plant those birds, POINTING DOG POINTERS: Problems in Developing the Started Dog – Gun Nervous / Gun Shy, POINTING DOG POINTERS: Starting the Pointing Dog Pup – Yard Work, West Nile Virus’s Effects on Grouse and Woodcock in the Lake States, POINTING DOG POINTERS: Problems in Developing the Started Dog – Retrieving, POINTING DOG POINTERS: Problems in Developing the Started Dog – Pointing. Chukar fly like grouse and weigh a little over a pound. Adult bird orders are by contract only, we do keep some adult birds for dog training purposes and stop in hunters. The canopy is simply 1/2″ PVC hoops covered with 1″ aviary netting. When training with chukars, there are a few things I try to never forget. If she’s not been properly introduced to birds, wild birds can be a strange, often frightening experience. Guinea Keets 724-868-2122. Notice: Do Not try to raise quail or chukar in a plastic tote as they are to small for the size of heat lamp needed, Pick up at Post Office, Do Not let the mailman deliver - window down, time, etc. Be sure to sprinkle baby chick grit on the feed for 3 days then in its own container. Some posts on this blog site contain affiliate links which generate commission if you purchase anything starting with those links. But the key difference is that they will usually fly, once unhobbled, up high and far away. You’ve got to have the real thing. Note the use of gauntlet gloves, rubber boots, and the bird trap marked with surveyor tape and an orange clothespin that can be attached to a high weed to mark the location. Quail generally recall to their pen on the ground and return through a funnel that is wider at its opening and progressively smaller, so that birds can enter the funnel and go through to the pen, but cannot go back out through the funnel. His foundation pair, “Fast Delivery Boy” and “Fast Delivery Girl,” would often beat Bob’s dad and the dogs home after a session of training in outlying area fields! In snake avoidance training, your gun dog, wearing an electronic collar, is introduced to a defanged rattlesnake. Quail, like pigeons, will recall readily back to the pen, as long as other birds remain in the pen to call them back. No, they don’t taste like chicken.It is roughly 30′ long and 8′ wide built of a free-standing design. Chukars and pheasants can also be purchased like quail, through breeders and game preserves. ↳ Training ↳ Health and Nutrition ↳ Hunting ↳ Brags ↳ Product Ratings & Reviews ↳ GDF "Hall of Fame" Posts; General Information ↳ Events ↳ Guns and Ammo ↳ Polls ↳ Legislation & Hunting Rights ↳ Tributes to the Departed ↳ Wild Game Recipes ↳ Horses; Trading Post - BUY/SELL/TRADE/SEEK ↳ Submit Your GUN DOG Site Without birds, your pointing dog pup won’t develop to his full potential. You can’t predict what wild birds will do, where they are, or how your inexperienced pup will react. Any Member issue that arise once the Board is back Online will be dealt with on an ongoing basis. It will easily carry 100 adult chukar… possibly more. ↳ ARCHIVE: Previous Listings SOLD/OLD/GONE, http://msucares.com/poultry/game/poultry_space.html. We like to start with quail, as they are the smallest and can be easily hobbled for gentle introduction to birds with very young pups. Finally, we’ll progress to pheasants as the last step in our bird training program, but even then, we’ll use hen pheasants first. Please call us for further details regarding availability and pricing. Plus, once we are shooting birds over our young dog, chukars make delicious dinners. Finally, we’ll progress to pheasants as the last step in our bird training program, but even then, we’ll use hen pheasants first. For him, it was as though they did not exist. Several birds can be left in the portable cage while others are used for training, and the birds in the field will usually recall back to the portable pen. Space really depends on how many birds and how long you will hold them. Raising Chukar Chicks is basically the same as other poultry except they are only about 2/3 the size of bantams, so the brooder setup has to be right the first time. I will describe a setup for 100 chukar chicks and you can modify it to fit your own particular needs, they need 1sq. 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