I received a comment asking about rearing pheasant and partridge chicks and how long to leave the lamp on in the brooder.
I am thinking of trying to rear some pheasants and partridge this season for my small shoot.I have not done this befor so I just need to know how long i leave day old chicks under the lamp befor moving them out into a night shelter and then runs.befor putting them into the release pens.
Thanks for your enquiry about rearing pheasants and partridges.
I don’t have much experience of rearing pheasants and partridges. Only that we found a young partridge chick and I raised it with the guinea fowl keets that I had in a brooder at the time.
It is recommended that the lamp for pheasants and partridges is a red lamp to keep the birds calm. My partridge was raised under a normal heat lamp though but then I only had 1 partridge and a dozen or so guinea fowl.
I keep my guinea fowl under a heat lamp for the first 6-8 weeks depending on the temperature outside.
For guinea fowl keets the temperature should be 95-100 degrees fahrenheit for the first two weeks and then decreased by 5 degrees fahrenheit each week after that. Watching the behaviour of the chicks will also help to determine if they need the lamp. Huddled under the lamp is usually a sign that it is too cold, all away from the lamp too hot. A good indication that the temperature is right is if the chicks are just even spread out under the lamp. I usually start to turn the lamp off during the day by week 4-6 depending on the weather outside.
I have read that game birds need to be kept in indoor pens until they are fully feathered and mature and then they can placed in outdoor pens.
I have also read that when the game birds don’t need the lamp for heat so much then a 40-60 watt lamp can be placed above the feeders and drinkers to signal for them to eat/drink at night.
Hope this information is useful.
Sara @ farmingfriends
Here is a book about Modern Pheasant Rearing and a book about Modern Partridge Farming:
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