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Partridge breeding

Postby tishie11 » Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:21 pm

I am trying to encourage my 6 red-legged partridges to breed! It's now Spring and I haven't seen any signs of mating behaviour yet. I have created hiding places for them under lots of vegetation which they are supposed to like but no luck yet.

Has anyone had experience with breeding partridges on here?
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Re: Partridge breeding

Postby wolga » Mon Oct 10, 2016 3:32 pm

Anything happening with your birds ! Mating or any eggs ?
There's a face book pace that could help !
https://www.facebook.com/groups/356163494539989/
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Re: Partridge breeding

Postby tishie11 » Mon Oct 10, 2016 8:16 pm

Thanks for that wolga! No, nothing happening yet. Maybe this very wet weather is telling them not to nest yet as the area I have them in is a sea of mud at the moment. Still crossing fingers .........
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Re: Partridge breeding

Postby tishie11 » Sat Oct 22, 2016 4:00 pm

I have found a couple of eggs lately - yay! But looks like the rats might have got there first as there were a couple of empty shells as well. I have seen rats going in there to eat the food so I'm assuming they spotted the eggs and had a feast.
Darn rats - as soon as I plug a hole another one appears! Even after putting a blue poison block into a hole they still get in.
So I have put the remaining eggs into a raised nest attached to the wall - hope the rats don't see the eggs and the partridges carry on laying. Strangely enough I haven't seen any mating activity at all - one female has a very caked muddy tummy area so I'm wondering whether she is the favourite one for the males!
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Re: Partridge breeding

Postby eae » Sat Oct 22, 2016 6:47 pm

Best of luck keeping those rats at bay... I hope the elevated nest does the trick. Do you have any recent photos?
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Re: Partridge breeding

Postby nhb » Sun Oct 23, 2016 12:33 am

You will need more than luck with a rat's nose and climbing ability
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Re: Partridge breeding

Postby tishie11 » Sun Oct 23, 2016 4:04 pm

eae here's a photo I took today of 3 of the partridges. One is having a dirt bath - they are loving the soil being dryer - they just love their dirt baths!

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Re: Partridge breeding

Postby eae » Sun Oct 23, 2016 9:37 pm

They're gorgeous birds, Tishie. Do you think you'll continue to hang on to them and perhaps try and add to the flock?
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Re: Partridge breeding

Postby tishie11 » Mon Oct 24, 2016 8:09 am

Don't know eae. I always feel they need more space so I need more cages. I move the cages around as much as I can but they eat grass so fast the ground is bare very quickly. Would like to keep them and breed with them but still waiting on that!
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Re: Partridge breeding

Postby sewren » Wed Oct 26, 2016 2:00 pm

They are so pretty!! You're getting me tempted to give them a go, and I'm only just about moving on to ducks - bring on all the birds! ;)

I's be putting out a few rat traps if I were you round the pen - sounds like they need a little more dissuasion....
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Re: Partridge breeding

Postby tishie11 » Wed Oct 26, 2016 6:38 pm

We've tried traps and the rats seem to get wise to them pretty quickly - the blocks work better.
And I've found another egg in the elevated nest so hopefully the rats will concentrate on the ones laid on the ground only - crossing fingers!

Yes they are pretty birds and the range of noises they make is fascinating!
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Re: Partridge breeding

Postby Foehn » Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:57 pm

I posted a comment to this thread last night but the site came up with a server problem and my reply went off into cyberspace.

Anyway, basically what I wrote was that those partridges are very pretty, and that a couple of days ago we had male California quail in a tree on our back yard. He was chuck chucking and seemed unafraid of us. It is the first one I have seen here in the four years since we moved in. We do have a lovely wild male ring neck pheasant that has been here for about 15 years.
Used to be good flocks of quail on our farm when I was younger,
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Re: Partridge breeding

Postby tishie11 » Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:47 pm

There are now 14 eggs in the nest! I suspect 2 of the females (maybe 3?) are laying as the number goes up more than 1 a day. Very pleased. Obviously they don't think it's enough for a clutch as none are sitting yet.

It may not be rats getting eggs laid on the ground - my partner has seen a stoat on one occasion so that could be a problem. But I have been putting lots of rat bait around so that may be helping. Hopefully one or more of the partridges may start sitting soon ............

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Re: Partridge breeding

Postby Kracka » Thu Nov 03, 2016 1:29 pm

exciting stuff!
stoats aren't good - I tried buying one of those bright yellow plastic traps (looks a bit like a possum trap with a tunnel on the front) to try & catch them (had a whole lot of birds killed one night) - caught precisely nothing with it, but Marina made a very good point that they're probably smart enough to not like going near a plastic trap - you're better off getting the 'snap shut mechanism' and sitting it inside old boards (to make the tunnel to walk them over the trap) and bait it with an egg
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