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Weather rough on game-bird chicks

A brood of California quail chicks from a Julyl hatch in Spokane.
 (File)
A brood of California quail chicks from a Julyl hatch in Spokane. (File)

HUNTING -- Ouch.  The first week of June is prime time for the first hatch of pheasant chicks in southeastern Washington. Once again, it's being greeted by rain and cold weather, which is a sentence to death by hypothermia for the young birds.

Quail and pheasants have a built in response to nest again if their first brood fails.  

Keep your fingers crossed.




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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.

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