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#1 jwed

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Posted 22 November 2015 - 08:31 am

Hi all,
I have no experience in game keeping but lots of interest. When I was younger my dad raised and released some partridge and it was always something I would like to do. On my site I have a pond with trees and plants growing around it. The overall area is probably about 25m x 25m. There is some open water and the rest is mostly marshy ground with lots of shelter and this area borders a stream. Plenty of fairly mature trees on it, oak, ash and some others.

What would be best game birds to try and introduce here, not to hunt but hopefully as a permanent feature?
Thank you

Ps to edit, I am based in the south east of Ireland.

Edited by jwed, 22 November 2015 - 08:32 am.


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Posted 22 November 2015 - 03:02 pm

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Posted 22 November 2015 - 05:40 pm

Not sure it'll work with such a small area mate, they'll be prone to straying

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Posted 22 November 2015 - 05:41 pm

Chickens.
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Posted 22 November 2015 - 05:47 pm

Is there a shoot nearby or surrounding the area?

It's a pretty small piece, probably not worth releasing birds on, perhaps if there was a nearby keeper you could ask him if you could catch up or rear birds for him? Get a few broodies etc etc, other than that depending on your budgt you could fence it and have it as a big pen for some exotics, golden pheasants maybe?
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Posted 22 November 2015 - 07:56 pm

Was thinking golden pheasants myself, very ornamental birds they are, know a man who tried keeping red leg partridges in an enclosure, he said they were savage with eachother, and some were running around with their eyes hanging by the sockets

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Posted 23 November 2015 - 06:59 am

Thanks for the replays. Just in case it makes a difference, the pond and grove is that size but the land is set in farmland with mixture of forest, crops and pasture. Stream along side it and the land is set in a valley.
I'm not expecting the birds to stay there and not stray but even to see something come and go would be nice.
Thanks again.

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Posted 23 November 2015 - 08:26 am

Just set a feeder up then mate, you'll be surprised how quickly they find it and how many end up visiting it in such a short time

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Posted 23 November 2015 - 09:14 am

Thanks

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Posted 23 November 2015 - 11:17 am

Put some Ducks down they will hang around so long as you feed them

The likes of partridge and pheasant will always wander


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