For the author, the health of reared game birds is an area where there is always room for inprovement and more knowledgeable vets are there to help.
The switch from pellets to wheat is often a cause of disease outbreak. Obviously from a financial point of view the sooner they are on wheat the better. The problem is that if the changeover is too soon or too sudden, then health issues will arise. I am a great believer in introducing a small amount of wheat almost immediately and a gradual build-up. From a protein perspective it is always important to use good-quality wheat. The attitude of “it will do for the pheasants” could not be further from the truth. Protein in wheat may vary from 8 per cent to 15 per cent – an enormous range that at the top end is comparable to the usual 16 per cent of release pellets. It really is worth that few pounds extra for quality wheat, and you will see the benefits in growth and later flight.
“Every keeper in the land needs knowledge of game bird disease.”