I am an experienced poultry breeder of many chickens, turkeys, ducks, quails and avairy birds. I want to try out pheasants now.
Some quick questions on pheasants that would be greatly appreiciated if answered:
1. Do pheasants make much noise? The only pheasants currently available in my area are the golden pheasants, however do any other vaireties have a high level of noise? I've tried youtube for golden pheasant calls and cant find much more than a quiet cluck noise. The amherst's making a hissing noise during courtship. Do they at all crow, screech or call loudly? Do the chicks make much noise as well? Doesnt matter as much as the adults of course.
2. Food wise, which birds would be best for eating? So far jumbo ringnecks seem the go, but I do like the ornamental varieties as well. Main reason that I am asking is due to when I get male young, that it's quite hard to sell within the poultry market (Usually have an influx of drakes, roosters or roo quails and no hens...). I do eat my own birds, but it would be pointless plucking a bag of bones with no meat for the table. Do their eggs do well on the table also?
3. Climate. Are there any variety of pheasant that can not withstand hot weather? I live in the tropics that is just hitting "monsoon" or wet season, which is a regular 31+ degrees celcius with a veeery high humidity.
4. Do domesticated pheasants fly? I haven't quite put time aside to research pheasants, as I haven't yet decided as to if I want to start them yet. I assume that they do fly, and I do have the room however I need to fix the roof of my avairy. Does clipping wings help or are they good jumpers as well? Have had problems with chickens flying out of their coops before...
5. Do the pheasants willingly incubate their own eggs? Would using an incubator be better?
6. Can you mix pheasant species? Just by looking at them, they come across as an aggressive bird.
Any other things that I may need to know with general care would also help out. I feed my birds a well balanced diet, differing depending on their requirements. Of course I would research food (along with everything else, its just easier and quicker to ask the experienced) way before I purchase any pheasants.