Traditional Surrogator® with Turnkey Package

Wildlife Management Technologies


The Turnkey Package takes the Essentials Package to the next level. You get the added benefit of a premium shade netting and a WMT feeder/waterer combo. This package will keep your birds shielded from the sun while providing the addition of a post-release feeding/watering station that will increase post-release survival.  YOU SAVE $100!
Package Includes:
1 x Traditional Surrogator®
1 x Universal Heater
1x   5-Nipple Waterer Bar
1 x Chick Flooring (for use with quail)
1 x 15 Gallon Water Barrel
1 x Water Barrel Adaptor
1 x Chick-Aid™
2 x Chick Starter Feed
1 x 40lb Propane Cylinder
1 x Game Bird Field Feeder/Waterer Combo
1 x Shade Netting
The Traditional Surrogator® is a self-contained field unit that will establish a huntable population of game birds on your property. This is NOT an adult bird release system! The Surrogator® will hold 125 day-old quail chicks or 65 day-old pheasant chicks until they reach 5 weeks of age.  The greatest mortality on the life of game birds happens in the nest and before three weeks of age.  Chicks raised in the Surrogator® are protected from predators and the elements at a time when they are most vulnerable.  Research proves that game birds develop their natural survival instincts around 5 weeks of age.  Chicks raised in the Surrogator® have limited human contact, further protecting the natural survivability of the birds.
The Surrogator® functions as a “surrogate parent” by providing food, water, warmth and protection for the first 5 weeks of the bird’s life. By placing the Surrogator® in a location where you would like to establish a huntable population of pheasant or quail, chicks raised in the unit become imprinted to that location. The bird's natural homing instinct motivates them to live and reproduce where they were raised and released.
- Molded Plastic construction
- Galvanized Steel Flooring
- Improved flooring design for easier clean-up
- Fewer loose parts
- Removable feeder for easier clean-up
- Additional loafing access doors
- Completely Snake proof
- Improved Rigidity - steel framework prevents damage while moving
- Elevated above the ground to prevent fecal matter build-up
- Center divider
- Instruction Manual Compartment allows you to keep Instruction Manual with the unit
- Improved lid support to prevent rainwater from standing on lid
- Improved support to keep feeder opening at optimal width
- Fold Up Bar holds up lid while performing weekly checks.
- Strategically placed handles aids in easier handling of unit
- Lynch pins anchored to the unit to prevent loss
- Waterer chains are also anchored to the unit
You will purchase 125 day-old quail or 65 day-old pheasant chicks from your local bird supplier or here at (Pheasant & Quail Chicks).  You will provide fifty pounds of top quality game bird starter feed (available at your local feed store or from your bird supplier), a forty-pound propane tank (empty propane tank included) and fifteen gallons of water (water tank provided).  The Surrogator® will arrive with an instruction manual describing the minor assembly required and how to operate the unit. 
The unit requires only minimal weekly maintenance and birds are released at 5 weeks. The fifty pounds of feed, 10 gallons of propane and fifteen gallons of water are typically adequate for one five-week cycle. A cycle can be repeated 3-5 times in a season, depending on the temperatures of your region. Depending on the habitat, we recommend one unit for every quarter section of property (every 160 acres or so). 
- One custom built molded unit
- Thermostat controlled heating system
- 50 LB built in gravity-flow feeder
- Water tank and watering system
-93" Long x 54" Wide x 17" Tall
-Weight: 234 lbs assembled, 289 lbs shipped