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Archive for 'Falconry and Game'

Classic gamebirds from backyard pens

22 November 2009
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Bobwhite quail

Two birds which have been trying to find their way on to the British shooting list for many years without success, are now finding a place in the niche market for exotic game. The Bobwhite quail and the Chukar partridge are easy to keep and breed, and they are famously good on the table.

The Bobwhite, when considered as exotic table game, fits into a gap between the Coturnix quail – the usual supermarket quail – and the partridge. It weighs about half a pound, say 200-250gm. And the Chukar and its hybrids, weighing about three-quarters of a pound (350gm), have found a market as the supply of wild Grey partridges from the shooting field has faded away. (more…)

Harris is most popular of hawks

14 November 2009
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Harris hawk

When I first imported Harris hawks from Texas about 1970, most of my falconer friends thought they were a bit of a joke.

“Quite pretty, but they are not exactly goshawks, are they?” was a typical comment about the yellow-legged hawks sitting on their bow perches on the lawn. And when one bird grabbed a bare hand, and for a painful five minutes could not be persuaded to loosen her iron grip, the victim said: “I suppose they have to hold on to slippery lizards an’ that …” (more…)

Easier bird photos in the aviary

14 November 2009
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Barn owls

Birdkeeping is much the same as ever it was, but taking photographs of aviary birds has changed dramatically. Today’s digital cameras make it wonderfully easy.

I was thinking about this when comparing the price of a couple of pairs of canaries I had been offered with the price of a new camera. The birds – sight unseen, no pedigree, no guarantees – were £30 each, plus £65 for the courier, a total of £185. The latest zoom camera would cost about the same, and it’s guaranteed to arrive alive! (more…)

Quail is fast-breeding superstar

14 November 2009
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Japanese quail

There is a lot of good news and two bits of  not-so-wonderful news about the Japanese quail. The good news is that this little gamebird is the most super-productive of all domestic birds, laying from the age of just six or seven weeks, with table birds ready for market at 50 days.

 The bad news for the sportsman is that the quail is a complete failure as a wild gamebird, and the problem for the backyard poultry keeper is that the British market for quail meat and eggs is described as “saturated”. (more…)

Bleak future for the Grey partridge?

31 July 2007
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Grey partridges

Partridge chicks don’t like the rain. In fact, most of them die if they don’t get some warm, dry weather at the end of June.

This year has seen the wettest summer weather since detailed records began and things are not looking good for the Grey partridge. There used to be a million of them in the shires in Edwardian times, but today there are probably no more than 80,000. (more…)

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