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Chukar Partridge are considered a good choice for people just starting out in raising game birds. They lay eggs in early spring to late summer but will not easily brood in captivity.
While we do not anticipate a loss, Meyer Hatchery does cover losses of properly cared for birds that arrive deceased or that pass in the first 48 hours after arrival. Losses must be reported within 72 hours of arrival. To report a loss with a recent order, fill out our Loss Reporting Form.
Chukar chicks require a higher protein ration than chicken chicks do. Feed 28-30% game bird starter for the first until they are 9 weeks old, then you may switch them to the game bird grower with 26% protein. If you cannot find game bird starter, you may use turkey starter and grower but do verify that the protein is high enough.
Medicated feed is OK to use for game bird chicks, especially if the weather is hot and humid which encourages the growth of coccidia in the environment.
Chukar Partridge are primarily ground-dwelling birds but they are able to fly. If frightened, they prefer to run instead of taking flight. The young Chukar can begin to fly as young as 12 days of age, so be prepared to cover the brooding area with top netting as they grow. Allow 1 square foot of brooder space for every 3 chicks, and then 2 square feet per bird as adults. Chukar Partridges will not usually use a coop-like structure. They do prefer an enclosed aviary that has plenty of hiding places with brush, shrubs, small trees, and grasses. Males can be very aggressive towards each other as they reach maturity, so be prepared to house males separately if needed. For this reason, there must be a good amount of brush or cover in the aviary or run.