Pheasants – the journey (part 3)

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Then they were too big for the rabbit hutch. And this was the part I was really worried about. How was I going to keep 18 pheasants in my back garden until it was time to take them to their release pen? After various discussions, J offered to convert our open fronted bike shed into a pheasant pen. As before,… Read more »

Pheasants- the journey (part 2)

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I had 43 tiny fluffy chicks, now what? Obviously I had spent the last couple of months reading up how to look after them, but most websites are either about breeding at least hundreds, or assume you have barns/large amounts of space whereas I was going to be doing the first 8 weeks in my back garden! Given my space… Read more »

Pheasants – the journey (part 1)

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This has been a long journey, starting way back in February when a friend suggested, very firmly, that I wanted to get an incubator and hatch my own pheasants. Apparently I did, and after a search on ebay I bought the cheapest incubator I could find that held a significant number of eggs (well, I don’t do things half heartedly!)… Read more »

Storm Ciara – Wildfowling and pigeons

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A storm was brewing….so what better things to spend a weekend doing than mending the fence (before the storm!), roost shooting and wildfowling. A last minute invitation had us heading to the marsh first thing Saturday.  J and I spread out along the South edge while A headed to the far corner.  Another wildfowler was further to the west.  I… Read more »

BASC Ladies Introduction to Wildfowling

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Last weekend was busy with the last main shoot of the season and the BASC Ladies Introduction to Wildfowling course that I’d been asked to go along to. Saturday was beautiful – the proper crisp, clear winter day, something we just haven’t had enough of this winter. Last shoot day, Myr was allowed to sit on a lead during one… Read more »

BASC Ladies introduction to duck flighting

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I’ve been trying to write this post for a while, but I’ve been struggling with exactly what to say. I had a bit of a funny morning, leading up to the course. I had booked the whole day off work with an idea to have a relaxing morning to myself and be able to have plenty of time before the… Read more »

Slow mornings are sometimes the best

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The last several months have been so busy, that the plan for this weekend was to have no plans, and just see where the weekend took us.  Given that Saturday was the last opportunity for wildfowling without a stupidly early alarm clock, I set it for 5.50 (still before 6am but only 40 minutes earlier than a normal weekday), and… Read more »