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Hatching and Rearing the Himalayan Snow Partridge in Captivity

Ursula K. Abbott and Glen C. Christensen
The Journal of Wildlife Management
Vol. 35, No. 2 (Apr., 1971), pp. 301-306
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
DOI: 10.2307/3799604
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3799604
Page Count: 6
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Abstract

The Himalayan snow partridge (Tetraogallus h. himalayensis) has been considered for introduction into the Great Basin ranges of Nevada. The inability to obtain a sufficient number of wild-trapped birds to meet program objectives led to the development of mating, incubation, and rearing procedures aimed at providing a sustained annual supply of birds for release. This species is essentially monogamous, and the best egg production and fertility were obtained in pair matings. A high protein diet was fed the brood stock. Birds 2 years and older were the most efficient breeders. Detailed incubation, hatching and rearing procedures, similar to those used for turkeys, were developed.

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