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Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Carbon County, PA
Re: Raising Chuckar
Mike, don't you already hunt grouse and pheasant with your dog? I don't know why you think you need to work on her "finding abilities?" From your posts here in the past it sounds like Lilly is doing just fine at finding and flushing game. I don't think the chukars are going to increase her abilities more than hunting her as much as you can will.
All that said, if you want to raise some chukars to keep her sharp and have fun during the off season go right ahead. If you're going to build a pen for them be sure to keep then off the ground. Chukars are susceptible to some sort of parasite or something if kept on the ground. I
As far as space, I think 1sq.foot per bird is enough. We built a 10x10x6 flight pen for our training birds. The biggest problem with chukars is getting a pen big enough that they can fly around in and exercise their flight muscles otherwise they will not fly well when planted. I take it you're going to try to reuse them by keeping them in some sort of cage when planted in the field? I don't think you need to buy a launcher either, that would likely be an expensive waste for your purposes.
For our pen we framed out a floor using 2x6's and attached that to 2ft legs to keep it off the ground. We stapled 1" mesh across the floor frame. We had an old 10x10x6 chain link kennel that we set on top of the floor and then attached a framed roof built from 2x4s. We put a few covered nest areas in there along with some elevated perch sticks in the corners. It houses our ducks, chukars, pheasants & a several "kill" pigeons. We don't plan on having these birds winter over either. My training partner also has about 40 or so homers right now, a out half of which are squeakers right now.
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