The Traditional Surrogator® is a self-contained field unit that will establish a huntable population of game birds on your property. This is NOT an adult bird release system! The Surrogator® will hold 125 day-old quail chicks or 65 day-old pheasant chicks until they reach 5 weeks of age. The greatest mortality on the life of game birds happens in the nest and before three weeks of age. Chicks raised in the Surrogator® are protected from predators and the elements at a time when they are most vulnerable. Research proves that game birds develop their natural survival instincts around 5 weeks of age. Chicks raised in the Surrogator® have limited human contact, further protecting the natural survivability of the birds.
The Surrogator® functions as a “surrogate parent” by providing food, water, warmth and protection for the first 5 weeks of the bird’s life. By placing he Surrogator® in a location where you would like to establish a huntable population of pheasant or quail, chicks raised in the unit become imprinted to that location. The bird's natural homing instinct motivates them to live and reproduce where they were raised and released.
- Rigid UV resistant plastic unit with steel framework
- Thermostatically controlled heating system
- Removable, gravity flow feeding system
- 15-gallon water barrel
- 5-nipple watering system
- Fold up bar supports the open lid
- 2 loafing end access doors
- Rubber-coated, pre-welded mesh flooring
- Stress-free release door with mounting application for optional predator proof tunnel
HOW IT WORKS
You will purchase 125 day-old quail or 65 day-old pheasant chicks from your local bird supplier or here at EverythingUpland.com (pheasant chicks
/ quail chicks
) You will provide fifty pounds of top quality game bird starter feed (available at your local farm and feed store), a forty-pound propane tank and fifteen gallons of water (water tank provided). The Surrogator®
will arrive with an instruction manual describing the minor assembly required and how to operate the unit.
The unit requires only minimal weekly maintenance and birds are released at 5 weeks. The fifty pounds of feed, 10 gallons of propane and fifteen gallons of water are typically adequate for one five-week cycle. A cycle can be repeated 3-5 times in a season, depending on the temperatures of your region. Depending on the habitat, we recommend one unit for every quarter section of property (every 160 acres or so).
EACH UNIT INCLUDES:
- Traditional Surrogator - Rigid plastic Broodline End and Loafing End with Steel Frame
- 15 gallon water barrel
- 5-nipple watering system
- Thermostatically controlled Heating System
- Includes heater, hose and regulator
- Gravity flow feed trough, removable (holds 50 lbs)
- Chick flooring (for use with quail)
- Slow Release Door
-8' Long x 4' Wide x 16" Tall
-Weight: 234 pounds assembled