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Question Pheasant Poults, surrounded by them ?

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by milek, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. milek

    milek Honorary Member

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    Any keepers on here?. Today whilst practising on paper targets I was pestered by around 20 plus pheasant poults on the shoot where I have permission. The birds arrived about a month ago and they seem to be everywhere except inside the pens built to house them. I can't get how tame the things are, a fox would have a field day and I was able to touch them as they fed on the grain at my feet. Is this normal behaviour? I haven't seen a single syndicate member since the birds went down which lead me to believe they have escaped yet every time I go the feeders seem to have been topped up.
     
  2. r10hunter

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    Yes it's normal behaviour for poults when they first get out the release pen. They will slowly become less tame.

    At six weeks old the poults go in the pens, the pens have a 8 foot high fence. With an electric fence around to protect them from foxes ( once a fox has been hit by the fence it keeps them out the wood to an extent and prevents the fox digging or climbing in the pen)
    You clip the juvenile flight feathers on one wing when you put the poults in the pen so they can't fly out.

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    A release pen showing an anti fox electric fence.

    Over the next few weeks the adult flight feathers grow through and the birds can come and go as they please. The pens have a gate every few yards that allows poults back into the pen but not out. When they first get out they will wander in big packs.

    They become tame as they see humans as a food source. But you try to keep them in the pen or the pen wood as long as you can. As the pens and pen woods will offer some protection to the young birds from foxes in the form of electric fences and snares.

    The gamekeeper or syndicate members, in turns, if a DIY syndicate should be dogging the big packs you are seeing back into the release pen woods every day twice a day at this stage.
    This keeps the birds from wandering too far and makes them less tame. Birds that have not been dogged in enough will not fly well for the first few shoots.
    It sounds like if they don't take care the birds will wander on to someone else's land.
    Cheers Andy
     
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  3. DenTB

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    If your shooting around where they're being fed, hope for the poults survival,that a road isn't too close
    Seeing as how ,they 'll surely find a gap and be Roadkill,before a lead induced form of passing away gets the chance.
    As a rearable form of enjoyment,for some,Suicidal tendencies,are ever present,from birth ,through the field pens,then out to where yours are now.! The gatekeeper,as Andy says,should ,in my opinion too,should be scaring them back in before dusk,feeding them ,possibly too far from roosting would,IMO be helping the cause for that inbuilt Suicdal tendency.
    As to them drifting onto neighbouring land.Yes they will.they 'll be less reliant on being fed,land around May have ready planted Cover/food source, and that will be where they'll go.your shoot keeper should in reality have strips alongside the release pens .planted with a suitable mix of food,cover,shelter crops already planted to do the job in hand.keeping them where they want them.The land next door could be doing just that .as it's a sure fire way of obtaining Free sporting birds .Free of Charge.kale,winter crops in a random mix around boundary edges Will draw the birds to stray.remember this .plant any set aside land with these holding crops yourselves.in my experience .
     
  4. milek

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    Thanks guys, no roads within a mile and every time I visit the birds are always close to the pens or as you say, in big groups some way off.A lot of them seem to sit in a hollow in the mud/dust and just won't move from their spot. I bet they acquire a sense of fear nearer the first shoot.
     
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    If you know where the release pen woods are you will do the gamekeeper a big favour if you scare any packs of young birds you come across towards them making them fly.

    This not only stops them wandering off but will make the birds wilder and better flyers in time for their first shoot.

    If anyone else gets these packs of birds on their shoot at the very start of the season and they have permission to shoot them, take care as the shoot they come from could have still been worming them and you need over a week off of flubenvet wormer before they are fit for human consumption really.
    Cheers Andy
     

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