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Breeding Game Bird Standards

 

Pheasant

Red-legged partridge

Grey partridge

Body weight point of lay - Cock

1500 gram

(1100  1850 gram)

525 gram

420 gram

Body weight point of lay - Hen

1150 gram

(850 – 1400 gram)

400 gram

325 gram

Cock : Hen ratio

1:6 – 1:8

1:4 – 1:8

(when not in pairs)

1:1

Minimum daily water intake per laying hen

200ml

100ml

70ml

Peak Production

75% - 85%

75% - 85%

75% - 85%

Eggs laid per hen

35 - 50

35 - 50

35 – 50

Normal egg weight

27 – 36 gram

16 – 18 gram

14.5 – 15.5 gram

For all species:

            At 2 weeks in lay expect 50% egg production

            At 3½ weeks in lay expect peak egg production

Collect eggs at least twice daily with the last collection not before 6pm

Ideal egg store conditions:      Temperature:              13oc – 17oc

                                                    Relative humidity:        75%

Basic records that should be kept:

  • number of hens and cocks put into the laying pens
  • any mortality (plus cause if it is known)
  • weekly food consumption
  • eggs collected per day
  • eggs set or sold
  • any medication given to the birds

Food and Water Intake Tables

FOOD INTAKE TABLE

                                          Pheasants                                                      Red-legged Partridges

Age

As hatched Weight (g)

Bird per day (g)

500 birds per week (kg)

As hatched Weight (g)

Bird per day (g)

500 birds per week (kg)

1 week

50

10

36

*

*

*

2 wks

80

21

70

28

7

24.5

3 wks

120

27

90

45

10

35

4 wks

200

38

125

65

12

42

5 wks

300

42

145

90

17

60

6 wks

380

46

158

130

22

80

7 wks

450

50

170

180

35

125

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Grey Partridges eat about 2/3 that of Red Legged Partridges

NOTE: Food intake varies according to the strain of birds, the rearing conditions and the formulation of ration used. This table can only give an approximate guide to food intake.

 

WATER INTAKE IN GAME BIRDS

Consumption per 100 birds:

                              Pheasants                                  Red-legged partridges                  Grey Partridges 

Age

Litres

Pints

Litres

Pints

Litres

Pints

Few days

1

1.75

0.5

1

0.3

0.5

3 wks

3

5.25

1.5

2.5

1

1.75

4 wks

4

7

2

3.5

1.3

2.25

5 wks

5.5

9.5

2.75

5

1.75

3

6wks

6

10.5

3

5.25

2

3.5

7 wks

6.5

11.5

3.25

5.75

2.25

4

8 wks

7

12.5

3.5

6

2.25

4

9 wks

7.5

13.5

3.75

6.5

2.5

4.5

12 wks

8

14

4

7

2.66

4.75

Adult hen in lay

20

35

10

17.5

7

12.5

 

NOTE: Water intake varies according to the strain of birds, the rearing conditions and climatic conditions. This table can only give an approximate guide to water intake.

 

 

 


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