Kwick "Johnny" House
note: special thanks to Marlana aka "Hooligan"
"ready to move"
"water & feed"
"first in the field"
The Johnny House went in the field on Sunday, September 22, 2007. Monday
morning eighteen 12 week old chukars at $4.75 apiece were placed up the funnel
into their new home. The plan is to "not bother them" for about two weeks.
There is a cool deer stand back by the tree line.
Texas Deer Stand
(in N. Illinois)
The water tube holds 3 gallons of water (but only put 2 gallons in). The game farm
breeder said to hang the watering "nipples" at bird's eye level. The feeding tube
holds way over 25 cups of game bird pellets.
Wow! They sure can "scratch" out the pellets. In less than a day they had
"wasted" almost 25 cups of food. A temporary "fix" was a piece of plywood
beneath the tube to catch some of the pellets. Tomorrow, I will install "inserts"
(made from PCV tubing) in each "feeder hole".....,,kind of like an anti-scratch
standpipe (in theory).
A 1" lengthwise slot was cut in 1" diameter PVC tubing. Eight 1½" sections
of the tubing were cut with a chop saw....then smoothed out with a Dremel and
sand paper. Using jaw-grip, adjustable pliers the "rings" were compressed
and slid down into the openings of the feeder. The slot cut in the insert is
placed toward the back and allows the pellets to flow into the opening, but
not clear to the top. The PVC standpipes will serve to keep the chukars from
flipping "money'' out of the feeder hole. Which gives a "hole" new meaning
to "bird flippin' ".
Oct 4 The chukars have been in the Johnny House for 10 days. On the
day there was at least one chukar that had made it up to the "lookout"
ledge. The feeder is working just fine now (with the modification). The
waterer couldn't work much better. Changed water after 7 days with an
initial "charge" of two gallons. There was about ½ gallon left. Poured 1
gallon of very weak bleach solution in at first to give it a good rinsing
and then filled with 2 gallons of fresh water. The chain hangars near the
door make removal simple and quick. The single handles mounted up
near the top make the tubes much easier to "handle".
The chukars all look very strong and healthy.
I have a large metal bird cage which has been used to keep chukars in
for a few weeks (sometimes). The plan is to put the cage up against
the open "funnel door" and let a few wander down the ramp ("outside")
for some "free time" over a period of three or four days. After a couple of
days of going in and out the door, the funnel will be inserted "upping the
ante" and making them work a bit more at returning to the feed, water and
safety of their Johnny House. This should imprint a stronger sense of
direction and purpose for "recall" (in theory).
Arrived late afternoon and placed the cage in front of the door. Ran
Taffey, Kooly and Daisy in the high cover (I walked) and came back 45
minutes later. One chukar was standing in front of the opening (none
had gone out). A stickman entered the Johnny House to scare six
chukars out the back door. Left to run Gunny in the short alfalfa field
and pick up 4 marks. The chukars would not go back in until I harassed
them with flapping towels. So far, they remain "pretty dang" clueless.
"Do It Yourself" Quail Preserve for Dog Training (link)
(The above Kwick "Johnny" House is based on these plans.)