Houbara Bustard: an experience of rearing chicks in Nag Valley (Balochistan), Pakistan. - M.S. Nadeem, A.A. Mian, M. Asif, H. Rashid, M.S. Akhtar, G. Mujtaba. - Berkut. 14 (2). 2005. - P. 246-254.
Three chicks of Houbara were received on 29.04.1999 at the age of about three weeks in Houbara Research, Rehabilitation and Breeding Center (HRRBC) Nag Valley, Balochistan. The weights of chicks on there arrival were 320, 220 and 220 g. Two chicks of five weeks age were received on 19.05 in HRRBC with weight of 360 and 380 g. Similarly 6th chick was received on 25.05 in HRRBC with weight of 565 g. All the chicks were ringed with HFIP rings and vaccinated. They were fed with poultry feed, lizards, insects, beetles, snakes, alfalfa, cabbage and spinach. The growth rate of chicks was monitored for two months. One chick was died. [English].
Key words: Houbara Bustard, Chlamydotis undulata, Pakistan, conservation, captive breeding, growth.
Address: M.S. Nadeem, Biochemistry Department, Hazara University, Mansehra, Pakistan;
e-mail: sajid_nm2003@yahoo.co.uk.