Saturday, April 28, 2018

Grady and chukar update

The good news about chukars is they seem to be everywhere. I even saw chukars in fairly flat range land yesterday running with quail. Flat land chukars, wouldn't that be nice.
I don't believe most of them are sitting nests yet because we usually see two birds together. When the hens are sitting on eggs you usually only see one bird. It won't be long though.

The not so good news is the weather. We haven't had a lot of spring moisture and the chukar hills are already showing dry spots. The green grass is not even close to what we had this time last year. If this trend keeps up we'll be losing chicks to lack of insects after the hatch but we still have plenty of time for mother nature to correct this problem.

The snakes are leaving their den's now with the warm weather and it's time to start watching for them.
It's also tick season and we pulled our first one off Grady. We'll be putting on tick and flee treatment for Jake and Grady.

Now for Jake's student. He turned 10 weeks old yesterday and he is doing quite well. He is almost house broken and already best buddies with Jake. They have some pretty good wrestling matches even with the size difference. He is the hit at the grandson's baseball games and loves being around other people and other dogs. He now knows the come command and his boundaries in the house. 

Getting him to this point was my job. From here it is up to Jake. If he get's screwed up, it's Jake's fault. We've been retrieving a sock and having great success so we went to bigger game, a hun. He shows no signs of fear at loud noises so I packed the starting pistol for our retrieves. Grady doesn't even acknowledge hearing the pistol so we'll probably go to the twenty gauge next. Here is his first retrieve of a frozen hun. Of course the coach had to show him how it is done.

I know a few of you have gotten pup's this year and would love to hear an update from you. Let's hope some favorable weather from here out.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Grady's first day in chukar country

Well the Big Guy gave me an almost impossible job again today. He wants me to train Grady while he packs around a camera. I tried to stay closer so the runt could keep up but until those short legs grow it's gonna be a lost cause. He didn't show any fear of the mountain or the tall brush and was better on the steep slopes than I thought he'd be but the kid has a long way to go. Although I found some huns, I just couldn't get the kid into the action. If my patience holds maybe we'll get some interaction with birds soon. Here's one of the video's the Big Guy took while I did all the work.