Grey Partridge Feeding With Hoppers
Posted 18 April 2016 - 09:17 pm
Im interested in putting out a hopper to help these birds ,we generally dont continue feeding after march .
Its a case of whenever the hoppers run empty after the shooting season they are left until birds are going out on the ground again.
Not ideal but we are a small club and at this time of year we are busy trapping vermin.
Im thinking of a hopper with a mix of seed other than wheat or barley, something that the crows wont bother with.
im told that partridge will spend the time picking the small seeds such as linseed, millet and hemp.
each pair could have a few hoppers close to where we think the hen will nest.
As we are only talking a couple of hoppers volume of seed wont be huge.
Any one tried this before?
Posted 18 April 2016 - 09:34 pm
Posted 18 April 2016 - 09:40 pm
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Posted 18 April 2016 - 09:52 pm
Posted 18 April 2016 - 10:08 pm
Watch out for concentrating rats nearby too otherwise they'll undo all your hard work.
Posted 18 April 2016 - 10:38 pm
Im hoping a hopper will reduce the hens time off the nest, and better chance of producing a hatch. What happens with these chicks is anybodys guess.
This is an area of intensive farming,close cropped fields, a rotation of sheep and cattle in the paticular spot where the birds are, still something seems to keep them here since october.
Posted 20 April 2016 - 08:42 pm
Posted 20 April 2016 - 08:50 pm
Id just get feeding whatever you like and if a particular feeder is being hammered then have a day sitting there flattening them with the old shotgun...😉
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Posted 20 April 2016 - 09:18 pm
The gwct published a study last year that said you loose 67 % of your wheat to vermin.
lm told that partridge will spend time picking smaller seed that crows wont bother with.
Posted 21 April 2016 - 06:03 am
Posted 21 April 2016 - 07:59 am
You do what you thinks best mate. I'm not sure of the study you have read but I'd imagine they are talking about them scrapping around in feed rides. If the hoppers are full and accessible to corvids they will eat whatever is in there.
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