Training with frozen Birds


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By C.K. - 7/18/2013 1:04:56 PM
I have a shoveler in the freezer from last season.  I am planning to use it to introduce my dog to real birds.  Do I thaw the bird out for a while, or just use it frozen?  Can I re-freeze it and use it again?
By hunter951 - 7/18/2013 2:09:31 PM
Thaw it a bit, more comfortable for the dog to hold and more realistic. Yes, as long as the bird isn't too ripped up, you can refreeze it. You can't do this too often though before feathers start to fall out and skin gets loose.
By brmotorhead - 7/21/2013 6:56:53 PM
if you have access to a place where you could shoot a handful of pigeons they work great for frozen birds.
By Eric McGhee - 10/9/2013 1:28:18 PM
I use frozen birds for my dog and I just keep them in the freezer until I need to use them. Give them about 2-3 hours for the outside to thaw enough to give the dog a good grip (and to thaw out the neck and feet so they don't snap), use them during your training session, then put them back in the freezer to use next time. I wrap mine in plastic grocery bags to keep the water/blood from getting all over my chest freezer. Once the feathers start to get ratty or the skin gets too lose, toss them and move on to the next bird. I try to keep one woodie, one greenhead, and one large diver in the freezer to simulate most situations. 

Good luck!