Greater Prairie Chickens for sale
Tympanuchus cupido pinnatus
Juvenile birds (5-11 months old) are available September through March.
For conservation purposes, many people want to raise Prairie Chickens for release. Please check with your state department of wildlife before purchasing as there may be restrictions. Prairie Chickens are also called Pinnated Grouse as they are part of the grouse family. They are not migratory but instead are very territorial birds.
Status in the wild: The Eastern Subspecies Heath Hen, Tympanuchus cupido cupido is extinct. The southern subspecies Attwater's Prairie Chicken T. c. attwateri is very close to extinction. The Greater Prairie Chicken Tympanuchus cupido pinnatus is found in very fragmented area of central US. They have had problems competing with Chinese Ringneck pheasants.
Status in aviculture: Raised in captivity, but are not very common.
Habitat: Tall grass prairie
Adult weight: Average 2-3 pounds
Breeding Greater Prairie Chickens create their nests in April, and only have one brood of chicks. A typical clutch size consists of 5-17 eggs. The eggs take 23-24 days to hatch. They usually hatch 5 to 10 chicks per brood. They reach sexual maturity by 1 year of age. Life expectancy is 2 to 3 years.