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Can a pheasant mate with chickens?

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I've got some friends who have chickens and they are telling me that a pheasant is mating with their chickens.  Could this be true?  Would a pheasant cock fly into the uncovered run and mate with chickens?

They haven't seen the pheasant, but they say they know what a fertilized egg looks like.  Since they don't have a rooster, it, therefore, must be a pheasant mating with their chickens.

I think that a bullseye on the yolk is a sign of fertilization and they say it's blood in the egg, which I think is just a lack of Vit E or Vit A or some other lack in their feed.

Main question:  Can a pheasant mate with a chicken?  Would the eggs be viable?  What percentage?  Would a pheasant ever be tempted to mate with a chicken?  Why? 

Isn't it difficult for Jungle Fowl to mate with some chickens and produce viable eggs?  Was it a male/female thing?  I guess I'm trying to figure out which birds can mate with which birds.  Obviously an ostrich and a penguin are incompatible, but maybe not with artificial insemination?  If it were a Jeopardy! question, though, I would answer, "What is incompatible?"

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You can find crosses here and yes it can happen but I don't think the survival rate is all that great. 

http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/BRKHybrids.html

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We had a game hen hatch out chicks from a ringneck pheasant once when I was a kid.

They didn't make it to maturity.

Former keeper of hens, life isn't much fun without chickens... but

 

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