Choosing to breed game birds can be a daunting task, but with the right research and information, you’ll be able to handle it like a pro. Knowing your breeds is perhaps the first and most important step in beginning the process. Have you decided whether game birds will be raised for food or just for hunting? These are important questions and information that you will need to consider before beginning the next steps involved in breeding or raising game birds.
If you have made up your mind that you are going to keep them, the next step is to learn about the different breeds and types of wild birds available for home breeding. The main types that are available in the United States are literally thousands of types of quail, pheasant, partridge, duck, and chicken. Too many to name individually, but there are great sites online that give you specific information for whatever breed/type you’re looking for. These birds are available through many means, either trained or untrained and most of them at any age. If you are considering placing your game birds in competition, you may want to purchase younger birds to allow enough time for training and a healthy growth rate.
When it comes to feeding your birds the proper nutrients needed to best promote their health and well-being, it’s important to select the best grains, corn, and wheat feeds. Again, knowing your bird’s exact information (breed/type/main activity) is also necessary for this feed selection and is one of the determining factors in the overall health and success of the birds. Specific diets are available for investigation for different uses, such as cockfighting. It requires a different diet to maintain strength and stamina from the roosters that are raised for it, while quail, pheasants, or ducks that are raised for food will need a specialized diet to better prepare their carcass for consumption. All forms of diets that best suit your purposes are available in books at your local library or online using a specific title in a search engine.
Clean water is almost the very essence of all birds, whether they are game or not. This is a must for all birds, to have enough clean fresh water on a daily basis. As with nutrition, the hydration of your birds also depends on the training or use you have planned for them. Strict training requires less water at a time, but is offered multiple times more throughout the day. If you are simply raising birds for food, hydration practices will be different from training birds for cockfighting or otherwise. This is also available for research online or in the library.
All in all, it is important to be fully versed in the facts and information surrounding game bird farming for whatever purpose you choose to do so. Embarking on this journey can be fascinating, educational, and entertaining. Being prepared with the best information you can find is the right way to start and an excellent step in the right direction toward success in your chosen pursuit.