Game Bird Supplies
Game Bird BasicsRaising game birds can be an enjoyable hobby. Several of our Premier employees raise game birds each year for:
- Field trials.
- Gun-dog training.
- The dinner table.
Raising game birdsWe asked our in-house game bird experts, “What do you wish you knew when you first started raising birds?” They responded:
- Choose a reputable game bird breeder who can supply day-old chicks or eggs that are free of disease.
- Keep birds dry—very dry. Quail are affected by excess moisture more than other birds. Brooders must be secure, draft-free and warm.
- As with chickens, heat is important. However, newborn quail and pheasants are even more sensitive to temperature changes. For healthy birds, a consistent temperature must be maintained.
- Feed game bird chicks supplemental protein. Most poultry starter rations contain 18% to 20% protein. However, game birds need 24% to 28% protein for the first 6 weeks.
- Don’t mix age groups until birds are fully grown.
Predator ControlFoxes, raccoons, bobcats, skunks, coyotes and many other predators see game birds, their feed and their eggs as a food source. Because they can fly, most game birds are raised in covered runs—electrified netting is not used to contain them. However, be sure to install properly electrified netting around the pen’s perimeter to deter predators.
Which netting is best?For a portable pen that will be moved daily or weekly, we recommend 42" PoultryNet or 48" PoultryNet. It’s easy to move and deters predators. For a stationary pen, use 48" PermaNet Plus. It has thick posts that will maintain tension over time.