Aviary is really coming along....

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by SamG347, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. SamG347

    SamG347 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2007
    PA
    Not sure what topic this goes in but thought I would post it here. I'm very happy with how my big mixed species aviary is working. The pen itself is about 35-40ft long and roughly 20 wide. I will get some pics up of the pen once I get the final touches done. I started by planting the whole pen in a food plot mixture that contains mostly wheat...rye...and clover. The mix took great and the pen remains green and full of cover to this day...and the pen has had the birds in it for about a month. The pen also has a dwarft apple tree and a grapevine. I got a 50 gallon stock tank I'm not in the process of turning into a pond for the mandarins, who are going to die when they get all this swimming space. Now they just have a small tub. I just go in the mail a SUPERBOWL chicken feeder which is essentially a 5 gallon bucket converted into a feeder which can hold 50lbs of feed. All the birds live together and get along soo well. This was my biggest worry with mixing species. Once completely up and running the Aviary will have....

    3 Pairs of Mandarins.....2 White Drakes...1 Split Drake....1 White Hen....2 Reg. Hens.
    8 Pheasant..all ringneck mutation.....Black and Buffs
    6-10 Bobwhite....had a larger covey but the birds bust right up and out of the 2 inch flight netting which I knew was going to happen in the beginning but 2 inch is what I had and what I used. Luckily most like staying where they can covey and EAT.

    My hope isn't to make money off this pen or anything like that. I got rid of chickens and needed something to fill the outside run space. This pen is very natural and I love watching the birds behaving like they would in the wild. I'm also hoping come spring with this pen setup, that I will be able to encourage the pheasant and bobwhite hens to brood their clutches. Which is my prime goal. I know the Mandarins will take to the boxes very easily. But the Pheasant and Bobwhite will be a interesting challenge.

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  2. Whispering Winds

    Whispering Winds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well, where are the pictures of this aviary? It sounds great!!!
     
  3. SamG347

    SamG347 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2007
    PA
    I will get some up this weekend for sure. Still gotta get the stock tank/pond in...and then get a few more pheasant hen and pickup 2 pairs of mandarins. I have birds in it right now but want to get the pics up once all flocks are up to where I want them. My ringneck rooster now is just hitting into some awesome plumage. he is a Black x Buff bird. He has a lot of white in his face and some awesome dark blues/greens in his breast feathers and back.
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  4. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern Indiana
    Can't wait to see the pics......it sounds wonderful!
     
  5. pidgey104

    pidgey104 Cochins R Us

    Nov 10, 2007
    Panama City ,Florida
    Sounds great
     
  6. degan

    degan Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow I've been looking for aviary ideas on the peafoul page but noone has posted any pictures. Can wait to see yours for some good ideas!
     
  7. SamG347

    SamG347 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2007
    PA
    Pond is going in today...Also there will be 1 pair of SILVER WOOD DUCKS in the pen now as well. Couldn't resist the temptation!
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  8. motdaugrnds

    motdaugrnds New Egg

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    I am curious to know if you plan (in the future sometime) on using any of them for a family meal; and if so, how do you plan on catching them in that pen?

    We are wanting some quail, pheasant, & pigeons to help with out family's dietary plans of living off the land; however, setting up a pen for them is something we are not sure of; and letting them free-roam will probably mean we lose most of them.
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Hey, Sam! No chickens? Are you not going to have them anymore? I still remember pics of your first flock from years ago.
     
  10. degan

    degan Out Of The Brooder

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    Hows work going on your aviary. Got it done yet. I am waiting for the pictures. I think I might need to re-design mine and make it bigger. Originally it was to be 12x20 but I like your idea of keeping different breed all together. As I[​IMG] have it right now everybody is in differnt pens. I guess it will take trial and error to see what can be keeped happilly together. Hurry up with thoses pics.
     

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