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Saturday, 30-Sep-2006 08:44 Email | Share | | Bookmark
New grouse banner, new grouse website & downloads online

displaying male Sharp-tailed grouse
displaying male Prairiechicken
female Willow Ptarmigan
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We are glad to announce our latest "grouse" developments on the internet, such as as the creation of a unique grouse website (Grouse fotopics) and new banner in the recent past.

It took us a lot of hard work and expenses to get more than 350 excellent photograhs of our grouses in Belgium online. Photographs of the aviaries for keeping and breeding grouse with us, have all been put on the internet so new grouse fanciers and lovers can get a better picture of the needs and requirements to raise these delicate birds to maturity. We hope to educate future grouse breeders showing our methods and system, our birds and their youngsters, so you can learn from us.

The new grouse banner can be viewed via the below mentioned link ; which will direct each visitor to the Grouse fotopics at

Furthermore, downloads of the fantastic display postures of 5 different grouse species can be viewed on the internet via the below mentionet link ;

Last but not least, I want to thank Mr. François Bernar, Messelbroek, Belgium for making all photographic materials and video-tapes available and for all his help and contribution.

We hope you all enjoy these new grouse features.

Francy Hermans, Belgium

Thursday, 1-Sep-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
The big relief after a successful grouse breeding season

aerial view of some grouse pens
lot's and lot's of grouse youngsters hatch 2005
Mr. F. Bernar counting his young grouse hatch 2005
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Some of the most exciting months for a grouse breeder is in September and October, when the new youngsters have reached the stage where they are half grown.

At this age, most of the birds have built up sufficient immunity response to cope with most of the pathogens which may kill them when they are younger. Their main killers are coccidia, worms and Histomonas meleagridis.

With best wishes and kind regards,

François Bernar, Begium

Tuesday, 26-Jul-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
The moment of the truth ; the first hatches

black grouse chicks just a few days old
heating lamps provide the needed warmth the grow and survive
young grouse chicks are quick growers
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June and July are the months of the truth for a grouse breeder. Egg laying starts at the end of April, and incubation is done in the month of May. Most of the grouse eggs are incubated using artificial incubators (Grumbac) with authomatic control of temperature, humidity and turning of the eggs.

The most happy moments for a breeder are on the day when the youngsters are hatching and being transferred from the hatcher to their first nursery box where they are given sufficient artificial heat to survive for the first week. Already at this stage, young plants are collected and cut, and fed to the chicks to familiarise the chicks with their normal diet.

François Bernar, Begium

Tuesday, 17-May-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Aviornis Youth on visit at the Grouse facility in Messelbroek

Francois Bernar and several young members of Aviornis
Having breakfest at Messelbroek in the morning of 15 May 2005
The first contacts between young and old
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We want to thank all young members of AVIORNIS for visiting our grouse breeding facilities on 15 May 2005.

Most of the grouse species were at full dispaly, and many young members of Aviornis were under impression of the extreme beauty of the members of the grouse family kept and bred in Messelbroek.

More details of the trip and its people can be consulted at the Tragopan fotopages at with date 17 May 2005.

François Bernar, Begium

Wednesday, 11-May-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Impressive display postures of the Sharptailed Grouse

Lateral display by male Sharptailed Grouse
Wing-circling by male Sharptailed Grouse
Frontal display by male Sharp-Tailed Grouse
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Look at the fantastic display postures of the recently imported Sharptailed Grouses at Messelbroek.

April, May and June are the breeding months of the Sharptaileds, and it is during this time that the fantastic display postures of this species can be viewed from nearby.

With best wishes and kind regards,

François Bernar, Begium

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