14000 W. 215th St., Bucyrus, KS 66013-9519

Ph. 913-879-2587 - 7:30 A. M. - 3 P. M  CST  Monday-Friday

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Smith Poultry & Game Bird Supply

Litter:  To help chicks stay healthy and grow fast, keep the brooder house floor clean & dry. Wood shavings and rice hulls have been used very successfully as litter.

 

Cannibalism usually occurs when birds are stressed by poor management practice. When a stressed bird picks the feathers, comb, toes, or vent of another bird, an open wound or blood is visible on the bird & the vicious habit of cannibalism can spread rapidly through the entire flock. Take immediate steps to make changes to keep cannibalism in check.

 

 Cannibalism is usually caused by one or more of these conditions:

 

 

1. Overcrowding:  Follow the above space requirements. With pheasants, allow 25 to 30 sq. ft./bird after 12 weeks of age or use anti-pick prevention devices.

 

2. Excessive heat:  When birds are uncomfortably hot, they can become extremely cannibalistic. Be sure to adjust the brooding temperature as the young birds get older. Decrease the temperature by 5° F per week, until you reach 70° F  or the outside temperature. The temperature should be measured at the height of the birds’ backs directly under the heat source. It isn’t necessary to heat the entire brooding facility to the recommended temperature.

 

3. Excessive light:  Extremely bright light or excessively long periods of light will cause birds to become hostile toward one another. Never use white light bulbs larger than 40 watts to brood fowl. If larger bulbs are required for heat, use      red or infrared bulbs. In birds 12 weeks of age or older, use 15 or 25 watt bulbs above feeding and watering areas. Don’t light birds more than 16 hours per day. Constant light can be stressful to the birds.

 

3. Absence of feed or water or shortage of feeder space or water space If the birds have to fight for food or water, or if the birds are always hungry, they will increase pecking. Be sure birds have free access to water and feed at all times.

 

5. Unbalanced diets:  Extremely high energy and low fiber diets cause the birds to be extra active and aggressive. Feed lacking protein and other nutrients, particularly Methionine, will also cause birds to pick feathers. Make sure you feed a diet balanced appropriately for the age and types of birds you are raising.

 

6. Mixing different types, ages, or colors of birds:  Mixing different ages of birds with different traits promotes pecking by disrupting the flock’s normal pecking order. 

 

7. Abrupt changes in environment or management practices:  If you plan to move young birds to a new location, it is best to move some of their feeders & waterers  with them in order to help them adapt. When you change over to larger feeders & waterers, it is helpful to leave the smaller equipment in the pen for a few days to help  during the change.

                                                                            

Additional preventive measures include:

 

1. Allow the birds to use up their energy in an enclosed outside run. This will keep the birds busy and allow them to peck for greens, the ground, and insects instead of each other.

 

2. Give the birds a large handful of fresh greens like clover grass or weeds, each day. This in creases the fiber in the birds’ diet. High fiber diets keep the birds’ crops full and make them more content.

 

3. Use of mechanical devises (blinders or bits) in aggressive birds like game birds is advisable.

 

4. Trim the beak by removing the tip of the top beak and about 1/3 of the lower beak providing a square tip. This makes it difficult for the birds to harm each other. Beak trimming should be done by someone experienced in proper trimming. If there are large numbers of birds to be debeaked, purchase a debeaker.

 

 

Try to correct any practices which may lead to cannibalism. Make cannibalism control part of your management program and you will save a great deal of time and money.

        

1.   Darken the facilities by using red bulbs.

 

2.      Remove all badly injured birds.

 

3.      Applying an “anti- pick” ointment or pine tar on any damaged birds usually stops          pecking. We sell a product called Black Salve which will help.

 

4.       Lower the pen temperature a bit if possible.

 

 

 

 

Items marked * are drop-shipped from the Manufacturer.

 Allow 2 to 3 weeks  for delivery of Beak Trimmers.

NL36

RNO36

36” pocket net; 39” wooden handle

Replacement 36” pocket net only

$65.00

$35.00

NL44

RNO44

44” pocket net; 39” wooden handle

Replacement 44” pocket net only

$71.00

$38.00

0301*

 

Quail recovery pen/trap (above center) is 23” x 18” x 10”.   Bird enters through cone-shaped entrance but cant escape.   Allow 10-14 days for delivery.

      $77.50

 

 

Beak Trimmer is a fast & efficient method of debeaking game birds or trimming ratite toe nails. It trims and cauterizes in a single operation to inhibit bleeding and beak re-growth.

950-088*

Lyon Beak Trimmer trims & cauterizes in one operation.

$341.50

950-088IR*

Lyon Beak Trimmer with 940-016 IR (Indian River) attachment for debeaking quail.

$378.20

950-088FP*

Lyon Beak Trimmerer with 900-058 Foot Pedal

$361.00

950-88FA*

Lyon Beak Trimmer  with 900-58 Foot Pedal  & 940-027 hand rest assembly

$380.00

5030*

5036*

GQF Wild & Release Bird Feeder

Ctn. of 6 W & R Bird Feeders

 

Allow 10-14 days for delivery.

$71.00

$334.00

 

Removable hood protects feed from rain. Comes with   1” diameter steel tube to put into the ground to hold feeder upright. Container holds 2 gallons.  6 feeder stations have sharp points to prevent animals from getting feed.  

                                                 

0303*

1-Tier 3-Section Pen 30” x 24” x 10” h.  2 0303 pens are shown right with 1 0316 stand with drop pan supports.  The stand, castor base, or drop pans do not come with 0303 breeding pen. See optional products listed in the Quail Breeding Pen Accessories section

$95.00

0315*

5-Tier 15-section Pen  Size: 35” x 24” x 73”  Shipped  with pens  assembled & stand  knocked down.  Drop pans are included in the purchase price.  Castor kit is optional.

$497.80

 

Each 10” x 24” section of the quail breeding pen is constructed of heavy galvanized steel & will house 2 pairs of quail. Comes with PVC plastic feed & water troughs to hang on the front & back of pens. Pen floor is sloped so eggs roll under trough for gathering.  0315 comes with drop pans and stand, but not with the 0319 optional castor kit which must be purchased separately. Prices on all quail pens over $150.00 are discounted 5% off GQF catalog prices. Drop-shipped from GQF.

Quail Breeding Pen Accessories

0319*

Castor base kit for 0316 stand

$31.00

0316*

Stand with dropping pan supports.  Does not come with castor base  so you will need to purchase 1 0319.

$83.00

0317*

 1 Drop Pan (for 0303)  

$19.00

0324*

 Ctn. of 2 Drop Pan (for 0303)  

$31.00

0325*

 Ctn. of 3 Drop Pan (for 0303)  

$46.00

0326*

 Ctn. of 4 Drop Pan (for 0303)  

$60.00

0327*

 Ctn. of  5 Drop Pan (for 0303)  

$71.00

Troughs on quail breeding pen, are 2” d x 3½” w; end caps have built on hanger & hole for mounting 0341 automatic water valve which has an overall length of 12”.

6030*

Ctn. of 2 30” plastic feed/water troughs

$22.50

6060*

Ctn. of 2 60” plastic feed/water troughs

$34.00

0341

Replacement float valve for 6030 & 6060 troughs; come with 4’ hose with garden hose attachment on one end.

$18.00

4082*

2-Cup Drink Cup Kit for 0303 Quail Breeding Pens

$32.75

4083*

10-Cup Drink Cup Kit for 0315 Quail Breeding Pens

$90.75

NG1

Nite Guard 

$19.95

Nite Guard is a state of the art solar powered, weather-proof, flashing red light that is guaranteed to stop all night-time predators. It is a totally portable unit requiring no batteries or electricity. Each unit is 2 ½”  w x 2”  h x 1” d.  4 lights mounted on a single pole, each facing a different direction will absolutely stop owl kills. The lights can be seen from half a mile so they will  protect many acres. For ground predators, use a single light placed approximately 20” off the ground & 100’ apart to protect the perimeter from raccoons, possums, & other night-time predators. The most primitive fear night predators have is that of being watched!

 

0718  GQF Quail Starter Kit with  30 Bobwhite Eggs                                 $425.75*

 

Each kit contains the following:

 

 1  1588 Genesis Pre-set Electronic Thermostat Hova Bator Incubator

 1  1610 Universal Egg Turner

 1  0534 Brooder 

 5003 Game Chick Feeder

 1  4458 Chick Waterer - Drown Proof Base & 58-ounce Jar

 2  0421 Red Brooder Bulbs

 1  9314 Book on Raising Bobwhite Quail

 1  Setting of 30 Bobwhite Quail Eggs (no substitutions)

 

 

Shipped Direct from GQF. Kit does not include shipping (67 pounds).

 Allow 2 to 3 weeks for delivery. 

Raising Game Birds

 

adapted from the pamphlet Purina Game Bird Programs

 

Starting:  Chicks should be started with a hover temperature of 90° F the first week. Lower it 5° per week for the next three week. In warm weather, heat is usually not necessary after the fourth week. Feed game bird startena ration on paper for the first week. Provide feed in feeders during the 0-6 week period. The following space requrements are necessary:

Linear Feeder Space Requirements Per Bird

Game Bird

1-10 days

10 days - 6 weeks

6 weeks and over

Quail

½ inch

1 inch

1½ inches

Chukars

¾ inch

1½ inches

2 inches

Ringneck Pheasants

1 inch

2 inches

3 inches

Game birds need lots of water to grow fast and stay healthy. Clean fresh water should be provided at times. These are the water space requirements:

Water Space Requirements for Day-Old Chicks

Game Bird

Three 1-gallon water founts will take care of:

Drinking space needed with

Trough-type waterers

Quail

300 birds

1 ft. per 100 birds

Chukars

200 birds

1 ft. per 50 birds

Ringneck Pheasants

100 birds

1 ft. per 25 birds

Housing Requirements:  Good ventilation and adequate space per bird are the most important factors to remember when building a brooder house regardless of the area where you live. A good rule of thumb for ventilation is to provide one cubic foot of air per minute for each pound of body weight. We suggest you talk with successful game bird producers in your state about housing specifications, building flight pens, or other facilities. The following table gives estimates of bird density requirements:

Number of Chicks per Square Foot of Floor Space

Game Bird

1-10 days

10 days - 6 weeks

6 weeks - 14 weeks

Quail

9

6

3

Chukars

6

3

1

Ringneck Pheasants

4

1

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