Raising Chukar Chicks is basically the same as other poultry except they are only about 2/3 the size of bantams, so the brooder setup has to be right the first time.
I will describe a setup for 100 chukar chicks and you can modify it to fit your own particular needs, they need 1sq. foot per 6 chicks for the first 12 days and 1 foot per 3 chicks up to 6 weeks old, then 2 sq. foot per bird to maturity.
I would section off a 5'x8' room in the barn, shed or garage and cover the top with bird netting as they will begin to fly at about 12 days old.
Inside of the room make a rectangle 2.5'x7' out of flashing or coil stock that you can get at your local hardware, then hang a red 250 watt heat lamp 14" off the floor( from the face of the bulb to the floor) and about 24" in from one end of the rectangle, this is the best brooder setup bar none, this configuration will make the temperature about 115 degrees directly under the heat lamp and be cooler farther from the bulb, the chicks will choose their own comfort zone which is very important.
- Use large flake pine shavings for bedding, sold at your feed store.
- Use 2 one gallon waterers for 100 chicks.
- Use 6 paper plates to feed them on, after 5 days introduce 4 or 5 chick feeders.
- Be sure to sprinkle baby chick grit on the feed for 3 days then in its own container.
As you can see they raise the same as other poultry with just a little more attention to detail.
Notice: Do Not try to raise quail or chukar in a plastic tote as they are to small for the size of heat lamp needed.
Thank you and have a great season.
Chukar Partridge where imported from Western China and live in the wild in Wyoming,Utah, Idaho, and similar environments. Chukar fly like grouse and weigh a little over a pound.
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