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Game Rearing

Game Rearing
February 21
08:00 2018

WEB6-21-02-18Rearing grey partridges for release

By Austin Weldon.

I WILL follow on from last week’s article on how to rear grey partridges to ensure we produce quality stock which stands the best chance of survival. Releasing should not be undertaken lightly as it can be detrimental to the future of this species. If you’ve done your homework and no wild greys are present though, it may be the only option to see them back on your ground.

As with all rearing, there are some key dos and don’ts. Some of these are also worth keeping in mind for other gamebirds.

Never release birds into unsuitable habitat.

Never release sick or unhealthy looking birds. If in doubt seek your local veterinary surgeon’s advice.

Never release tame birds.

Always aim for best quality.

In the case of re-establishing wild grey partridges, best quality birds are translocated wild birds, followed by parent-reared (reared and hatched by captive grey partridge parents), then bantam-reared and, lastly, artificially hatched and reared poults.

 

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