My pups see real birds.....very early.
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I consider the introduction to birds very important. Just don't see much benefit to throwing birds often for a puppy. The risks outweigh the rewards. After ff almost all marks will be birds.
The original poster was asking about freezing birds. I would assume the introduction to birds was over.
The best way to use frozen ducks is to allow them to thaw overnight, use, hang & blow dry using a good sized fan, then freeze, thaw, etc. The ducks last longer, the feathers are less like the ducks have been frozen. It's a good process even if you haven't done water work.
Last edited by Granddaddy; 12-10-2013 at 12:21 PM.
David Didier, GA
Most people adhere to the "two-gag" rule for deciding when to throw birds away. Mark Land, not so much.
Just picking at you, Mark.
HR Belle's Rolling Big Rig "Jimmy"
Make sure they are fully thawed as a little frozen might cause them some holding problems. Also, make sure you entice with fun and chase. Do not be alarmed if the pup does not pick it up at first, they will learn to pick it up eventually. Continue play and chase and the excitement of the bird. I use mine 2-3 times, on water they do not last very long. If you loose feathers and start to see skin, toss them so that you do not encourage a meal. Not good if they get a taste of them. Also if guts are hanging, toss them out.
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Later on in training birds are introduced depending on the program or training outline you're using.
But live birds are at the upmost importance at an early age.
Cold Creek Gundogs
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After a few introductions in a controlled environment I don't see the need. If the pup lacks or needs to build drive then repeated exposure to birds has lots of benefit. My problems have always been with the Whoa part of the equation, never the Go.
After a pup is responsibly returning with a Here command & is not possessive of the bird then all marks will be either flyers or dead birds. After the demise of my bird freezer last month that may be an expensive proposition.