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How many hours can partridges legally be in transit?

The law does not specify how long the partridge can be in transit. It just says that if they are more than 12 hours, you'll need to supply water and feed. Ours, always travel with little "jelly" balls, which contain water, electrolytes, mineral, vitamins and proteins, to feed and hydrate them.

Is there a risk that the delivery might get held up?

No, because you need to do a vet export certificate  at origin, here at farm to have the authorization to travel. Once, it is confirmed at origin and arrival with the vet, there is no problem at all. There is no physical customs between the intra-communities countries. It can happen that the vet do come and check the birds at origin, and at arrival but not in between. The only delay, might be caused by the ferry!

What prompted the idea of exporting to England?

It is an ideal market for us. Considering the quantity of partridges which are released each year and the "demand" for quality birds . Since we have the potential to breed 4 millions birds in our installations in Burgos, we do not need to really invest anything. Our aim, is to sell adult birds, no chicks or eggs, because we believe, they are better reared in sunny Spain and it gives them a proper start and stronger immune system to cope later on with the british weather and the higher density of birds. 

Did Patxi have any concerns that it wouldn't work and the birds might fly poorly in English conditions?

Never.  Patxi has been breeding these birds for more than 30 years now… he developed a special feed in form of pellet based on long fibre which makes that our birds develop a digestive track similar to the one of the wild partridges, meaning that once released into their habitat, they can straight away feed on what that habitat has, they do not depends on feeder and do not require medicine or vaccinations (our birds are not vaccinated). Since we do not sell birds younger than 16 weeks old (even in June),  their feathers  have already changed, they will resist the weather better and they are stronger to fly. Again, Patxi believes that the sunny weather in Spain, helps  to give them a proper start and stronger immune system to cope later on with the british weather and the higher density of birds. And again, we do  guarantee our birds and on them, breeding in the next spring.. So, Patxi feels very confident about his birds!



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