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Two days of continual rain here, best of luck to the wild pheasant and partridge chicks, most low lying fields holding water, and the woods not much better.

Temperature at the moment is well down, just been out with the dog and you can see your breath, couldn't have come at a worse time.

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Yes on our 2nd day of rain now, sugar beet and potatoes not quite big enough to give shelter, and as you say temp has dropped which I consider to be the thing that kills them.

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41 minutes ago, Capt Christopher Jones said:

Wild Pheasants ??????

Yes wild Pheasants.......why is that odd?

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42 minutes ago, Capt Christopher Jones said:

Wild Pheasants ??????

Yeah wild ones, they live in the wild, from wild stock.

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10 minutes ago, Capt Christopher Jones said:

Well yes, we do feed a regular cock & his various ladies most days, he is almost tame 

And that stops them being wild? 

I feed plenty of birds in the garden there almost tame take food out of my hand doesn’t stop them being wild just means there brave enough to take easy food or just plain hungry 

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17 minutes ago, Capt Christopher Jones said:

we spend a small fortune on bird food, its ok to rear pheasants to shoot but not wild  woodies. Funny ole world init

Capt Christopher, you ok hun?

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They are a lot more resilient than we believe, particularly partridge.  I have to see a brood yet here but the hens which where always on the feeders are not about but the cock birds are which may mean they are still sitting...hope so.

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11 hours ago, Walker570 said:

They are a lot more resilient than we believe, particularly partridge.  I have to see a brood yet here but the hens which where always on the feeders are not about but the cock birds are which may mean they are still sitting...hope so.

Yeah I hope so too.........rain continued overnight, and still raining here now, the insect life for all birds will be affected by this prolonged wet spell, forecast says no real improvement until the weekend........not very warm either.

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The temperature will be the killer, particularly on pheasant chicks as pheasant hens are notorious bad mothers, partridges the opposite and amaze me how they can cover a dozen chicks with only the occasional litle head poking out.  

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Still raining here, I would imagine most swallow, house martin and swift chicks will be really struggling now, the atmosphere has been fat too wet to support any flying insects in this area for about 4-5 days now, hopefully they will try again if first broods fail, (weather permitting).............as for the game bird chicks, well most hedge bottoms are holding water locally, and the lower lying meadows are brilliant duck splashes at the moment.

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