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Does anyone know anything about partridge?

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I have just come home from school this evening with a partridge that has been in the school grounds for two days and our boys were getting very concerned and came to me because I keep chickens! It is clearly quite tame and currently in a box in my kitchen having munched some layers pellets. What do I do next? I think that they are largely ground birds like chickens. I don't know if it is male or female. I teach in an independent grammar school but in an inner city environment (Manchester). I am unaware of any local children's petting farms or similar nearby to us Would it be ok with my chickens? I am concerned about transferring 'something' to my flock. I have bantams as well as large girls so potentially it could be mixed in with the bantams at some point. Or I could rehome it to a partridge keeper. How do I start to find one?

Any advice or bright ideas will be gratefully accepted.

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Was it having a rest? We used to have one where I work and it used to spend a couple of hours most days in our courtyard and then disappear for a day or so and then repeat the visit.

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We have tons of them at work, shame you're not closer or I'd have offered to rehome it on the estate.

 

Lovely birds, but like quail, they are pretty dim and inclined to do the vertical take-off thing when they panic. :roll:

 

I am coveting some English Partridge we have at the moment, they are such pretty birds.

 

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We have ground birds and waterfowl who tip up in our garden at intervals. They generally spend a few days scrounging food and then go on their merry way. Can you put it back?

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Hello Chuckymama. Yes I could put it back, but it was in a part of the school between two buildings and totally closed off form the rest. No vegetation just a few sets and some waste bins, not out around on the fields. We are pretty inner city on our location too so I am really not sure. It seems ok at the moment but I am keeping it separate and obviously would rather I did the right thing. At home we back onto a canal and are quite rural so I could release it there during daylight.

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I have just been told that it is a Chukar partridge and that it is illegal to release it into the wild in the uk

If you contact a local wildlife rescue they may be able to release it for you as some hold a license to release certain species - like the grey squirrel. It is possible that it is part of someone's private collection :think:

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That seems a good idea. We are away in London for the rugby so I will try on Monday and see what they say. He/ she certainly has a good appetite!

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:lol: Curious is good.

 

I work on a private estate, with a farm; the pheasants, ducks and partridges are raised for shoots :( The partridges aren't quite as dim as the pheasants though.

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