We choose our breeders among the best and strongest partridges.
We want them to be strong and healthy. They must have a medium size and most important they must be well flying and fast.
Off cause they also have to have a high ability of reproduction, therefore the eggs must have a high fertility.
In January /February, we put the breeders in the egg laying units.
All of our breeders are vaccinated against New Castle disease and blood tested for the requested diseases for trading within EU.
According to the Danish law, a laying unit for partridge must be at least 6750 m2, 45 cm breadth and 50 cm. High. At least 1/3 of the bottom area must consist of sand. And the rest shall be of netting, not more than 1 x 1/2 inch. The unit must be provided with a material, which consist the wind and a roof that always keep the sand dry. But it must still not cover more than ¾ of the cage. And the netting in the top must be of a soft material, which does not harm the birds.
They only stay in those units until end of June where they stop laying eggs. Then they are put back in the ground.
Afterwards, most of them are sold for the Danish market.
We start to have the first chickens of partridges in the beginning of May. We have around 12.000 pieces in each hatch.
In the first 3-4 weeks, they stay inside in a warm house, where we take very good care of them.
After that, we move them to another house and they are starting to go outside in flying pens every day, until they are ready to sell.