6wk old pheasants keep dying when put in pen with the adults???

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by jmstew31, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. jmstew31

    jmstew31 New Egg

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    I have a large outdoor flight pen with several adults. We have 3 roosters and probably 30 hens. They laid a ton of eggs and we incubated them and succesfully have grown them to 6 weeks . I put several of them in the flight pen with the adults and they acted very scared and timid. 3 of them have now died. Is there something else I could be doing to prevent this?
     
  2. feff94

    feff94 Out Of The Brooder

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    Not put them in with the adults! My older birds kill the younger birds![​IMG]
     
  3. Chinchilla2

    Chinchilla2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The older pheasants will see them as intruders and kill 'em. Keep them separated out until their colors and tail feathers start developing a little more. Figure roughly 12 to 16 weeks of age. You will still have to watch closely since the existing roosters may still do the territorial battles with any young 'roos. You can get them to live as one colony, you just have to add the babies at a older age and with caution.

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  4. pheasantfrenzie

    pheasantfrenzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You may want to try taking out your roosters for a day and put the smaller ones in there and then put your older ones back in after awhile. It will confuse the older roosters so they won't think it's only there females. If that doesn't work make a pen next to the older ones so they can be next to each other and maybe get used to each other.
    Good Luck
     
  5. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

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    If you put them all into a new pen,there shouldn't be any problems.Just how big is this pen?
    In N.H.,Tony.
     

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