POULTRY 101

Gamebirds

A variety of different species are considered gamebirds, including pheasants, partridge, guinea fowl, peafowl, and quail

PHEASANT

The term pheasant is technically a term for a group of large species of fowl in the family Phasianidae which includes the partridge, guinea fowl, peafowl, quail and francolins.

Typically, however, the term pheasant is used for birds such as the ring-necked pheasant. These pheasants are raised commercially for meat and/or for release in hunting preserves.

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PARTRIDGE

The most commonly raised partridge include the Hungarian partridge and the chukar redleg partridge (often referred to simply as a chukar). The main purpose for raising partridge (and chukar) is for release in hunting preserves.

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GUINEA FOWL

Guinea fowl are typically raised for meat. They can also be kept as guard animals since they are very 'vocal' when anything new enters the farm yard. Guinea fowl have also been used as a natural method for controlling ticks, especially in areas where Lyme diseases is a problem.

Guinea fowl

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PEAFOWL

Peafowl are usually kept for ornamental purposes although they are sometimes raised for meat.

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QUAIL

There are a number of different species of quail raised commercially:

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