Bird Orders

BIRDS MUST BE ORDERED AT LEAST TEN (10) DAYS PRIOR TO TRAINING DAY.***

  • You must be a NCWNAVHDA member to order birds
  • Orders must be paid for and picked up by 9:30am on training day
  • The club will do its best to fill the orders but all birds may not be available.
    • ***Please try to source your own pigeons if possible. They are difficult to catch and demand is high. Pigeons will be limited to an absolute maximum of 10 per member, fewer if not enough birds are available. Chukars are usually readily available if ordered by the deadline. Very large orders my need to be directed to our supplier. Ducks will be available in late May or June


Note: Bird prices fluctuate depending on sources and time of year. The prices below are typical price ranges. The best way to pay for birds on the day of sale is with a check due to this fluctuation.

  • Pigeons $3.50 - $5.00 
  • Chuckers $6.00 - $10.00  
  • Ducks  $11.00 - $14.00


Use the appropriate link below to send an email to order birds.

Order: Pigeons, Chuckers ncwnavhdabirdorder@gmail.com  

or call Brian Werner at 715-573-9642 for more information or questions.

  • Use This Form to order Pigeons and Cluckars (NOT ACTIVE YET)
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Order: Ducks  brcatura@gmail.com

  • Use This Form to order Ducks (NOT ACTIVE YET)
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A word of advice to new members:  YOU NEED BIRDS TO TRAIN A BIRD DOG.  Order birds ahead of the training day.  Once you and your dog have progressed beyond basic obedience, most of your training will involve birds.  We can provide limited help to you if you do not have birds.  

This is one of few clubs that actually provide the opportunity to purchase training birds on site.  It takes a lot of time to compile and process the orders.  It takes a lot of time and resources to collect and deliver the birds to the training site.  All of this work is done on a volunteer basis.  Please honor this by being prompt in pickinging up your orders.  Please also consider becomming a volunteer. Talk to any one of the officers.


Which Birds Should I Buy?

Pigeons

Strong flyers, run very little, smell very strong.  Occasionally a dog won't point them and  some dogs may have diminished intensity on pigeons which will come back when you introduce the dog to game birds.  Pigeons are very hardy and easy to care for.  They can be purchased or you can catch them yourself.  You can contact a farmer and ask him if you can trap or net them at night in their barn for your dog training usage.  Homing pigeons can be a solid investment if you have a place to keep them. 

Quail

Captive quail are usually weak flyers, and should be used shortly after purchasing them. They tend to run very little.  Quail are very easy to plant and keep and generally the least expensive game bird to use.

Chukar

Captive chukar are hardy, strong flyers. They do tend to run if not used in traps or planted hard. Typically expensive in the spring (birds sold in the spring have to be over-wintered and feed is costly) with the price going down substantially on birds purchased in July and August (young of the year). 

Pheasants

Other than training  and running the NA track NAVHDA we generally don't use them.  Full grown pheasants are expensive to purchase and maintain and need to be kept in large pens. They often run after planting.

Ducks

NAVHDA dogs will need ducks.  If you just want to train for upland hunting and will never duck hunt or test UPT or UT, the need for ducks goes down.  Ducks are easy to care for, but expensive to buy and feed.  They can be thrown in the swamp/water areas for your dog to find and retrieve.  But you must retrieve all ducks you put out - see section on permits.

How many birds should I buy?

On a typical chapter training day expect to go through 3-5 upland birds (pigeons, quail, chukar). Each time you take your dog out for a training session in the field expect to go through the same number of birds. Its always useful to have one or two birds in reserve in case something goes poorly in the field that you want to correct. 


When duck training, most people will go through 2-3 ducks. Some dogs bring their ducks back alive (nice!) but many will dispatch the duck during their return. 


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