Just wondering if many on here have much experience of going 'old school' and rearing birds using broodies?
I have done my time on rearing fields in the past for pheasant and duck (never part only released them as poults/ex layers) althou going back a few years now but i have never had much involvement with poultry.
Hopefully this time next year i should be set up and in a position to have some chickens etc and thought it would be nice to try and get some grey partridges (possibly a small no of pheasants too) rerared under broodies and hopefully they should be a wilder bird and have a better chance of breeding in the future.
Is there a certain breed that is better than others? (think perdix mentioned slinky's on previous thread we touched on this) Wot are u looking for?
Is there any decent sites/boooks for the poultry side of things?
Do u all just use 'A' frame type hutches.
I read an old keepering book ages ago and it mentioned 'tethering' the broodies, i persumed (possibly wrongly) the broodie was tied/tethered to the hutch so chicks were free range and would just come to broodie's calls?
Also when u relaese them would u also release the broodie or keep the broodie as a call type bird initailly to get the birds to hold/heft to an area