In the broadest sense, gamebirds were free living and were hunted primarily for food, and then later for sport. Because cockfighting is illegal, it is unfortunate that the term gamebird has a connotation with the illegal activity of game fowl and/or game cocks. Domestic fowl raised for meat and/or eggs are often referred to the collective term poultry. Hunting for birds and other animals was a means of survival to provide food for self, family, and the community. The basic methods of sport hunting are stalking, still-hunting, tracking, driving, sitting up and calling. The history of the gamebird industry’s trade association, the North American Gamebird Association is woven throughout this story as well. Advances in bird nutrition have resulted in improvements in nearly every aspect of the industry. Gamebird producers have embraced emerging science, such as lighting management to reduce bird injuries and mortality.
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- bird injuries
- bird nutrition
- domestic fowl
- gamebird history
- sport hunting