Research Note: Evaluation of the Productivity of Two Strains


ABSTRACT Two strains of gray partridge (Perdix perdix) were evaluated for productivity and field performance for the put-and-take hunting industry. Total egg production and hatchability of fertilized eggs did not differ (P>.05) between strains or among age classes. However, Danish birds had higher (P <.05) overall production of chicks than did McGraw strain birds due to higher fertility of 1-yr-old breeders. There were no apparent differences in flushing behavior or flight patterns between strains, but the Danish strain was better suited to put-and-take hunting because hunters were more effective in shooting released birds of this strain. (Key words: gray partridge, hatchability, hunting preserves, Perdix perdix, productivity

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