We've been raising free range chickens for about 10 years - and have dabbled in heritage turkeys, guineas and meat chickens. We aren't new to raising birds - However on Saturday afternoon when I went out into our garage, a beautiful ringneck pheasant male was walking into the open door. We made eye contact and quickly went our separate ways. I was like -WHAT? that's not a chicken!
Monday and Tuesday (today) He has been all over the place. Almost on our porch, spent lots of time looking/talking to himself in his reflection in our sliding glass door (our cat was sitting on the inside) - He's been mixed in with our chickens several times (roosters are totally ok with him), even casually walks into/through their enclosed run. Yesterday he had pumpkin with the chickens and today he bravely ran to grab a treat when i threw some leftover cooked rice out for the chickens. He won't really stay around when he sees me, but is relaxing more and more every time we see each other, of course.
We believe he is a recently released stocked bird. He's not shown us that he's tame/someone's pet - but clearly comfortable around houses, dogs, cats, chickens :)
Anyone else with a similar experience?? I'd love for him to stick around. We are surrounded by woods, corn fields, ideal habitat for him. Do you think we could get him a tame girl friend to encourage him to stay local?
Any suggestions in how to lure him into being my friend would be awesome :P Thank in advance.