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    The dreams of having a full on flight pen have come to an end for this year I do believe. Sometime back I ordered "Wing and Shot" on DVD. I saw that Whele had a rather large recall pen he used.

    Not sure of the demensions on the one he had. I was thinking of perhaps building one 8'x4'x6'. Thinking 3 sheets of plywood and maybe a few 2x4's is all I will have to buy, the rest I have on hand for the most part.

    How many birds (quail) do you think this would house? Not planning on housing them over the winter. I think by mid December I would start shooting them over the dogs.

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    Start with 12 week old birds, and about 100 to start. There will be casualties here and there. Release after they are acclimated, about 2-3 weeks. 12-15 birds at a time. Some will recall immediately, some will recall to the pen, but not immediately enter, don't be surprised to lure in a love lost rooster, he'll be the one with the bloody head, from mashing himself into the wire and walls, even if you get him out, he will probably come back! I feed and water the recall birds who did not get in, it's a positive, easier to work, and pretty wild, after a few weeks. I made mine tall, believing the old timers theory that it was the height tower, which built up the flight muscles. I have seen great flight from birds regardless of the height. The key is start early on, the 10-12 week old birds, train the best, not to heavy to fly out of the bag. Of course you know the courtunix quail as useless, and the Georgia/Wisconsin strain birds are short-flighted as they get older. One of the wildest is the Tennessee red quail, and it distinguished from the regular bobwhite, but will join a covey and remain wild, with good results. I may try Gray Partridges, ( huns) this year. I have heard they are wilder, sturdier, and recall well. I tried chukars, and even pheasants, some came back religiously, others were gone with the wind!

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    If you do the Huns, let us know how they do. I have been considering using them as well.
    Steve

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    So you think that size house can hold 100 birds? May have to look for the TN reds. I have a wild covey around here as well. Perhaps the ones that don't end up getting killed one way or another could be turned loose then and remain wild. As soon as I figure out exactly how I want to do it I'm turning my little piece of paradise into quail habitat that is also condusiive to bird dog training.

    I'm going a little overboard with these pointy dogs. I'm having a good time with them! Love to work them as much as hunt over them.

    I'll have to get your number again and get your advice on what I should plant and how to set up my area on the little bit of ground I have.

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    I have a 4'x4'x6' Johnny House I built from the plans you can buy on qualitywildlife.com. I start out with 20-25 12-weeks or older birds (this yr. I am raising them from chicks in a brooder until old enough). I usually get a couple that get picked-on over the summer but not bad. Over the summer my bird count goes down a bit from what I started with due to the occasional bird not returning. I seem to have the best luck with birds returning if I grab-out birds of the same sex when I release them. I have Bobwhites. I have an ESS and he actually catches them at times after they flush (not always the strongest or longest distance flyers) but has a soft mouth and I just take them from him and put them back. Good Luck!

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