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Baby Pheasants - so ARE they black melanistic?

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by pbjmaker, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    My pheasants moved into their new digs last night (And are very happy). So I went out and finally got some pictures of them to confirm what color they are. The carton said black mute which I interpret to be black melanistic mutant. Is that what they look like to you? I am pheasant stupid and still learning. BTW - their new grow out pen (for now) is a 60 - 70 square foot hoop pen. That should be enough for 9 pheasants for now shouldn't it? They are 5 weeks old.




  2. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
  3. sparkles2307

    sparkles2307 Terd of Hurtles

    I don't know anything about colors but I LOVE your babies and I hope someone can help!!!
  4. Rocket Up

    Rocket Up Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 7, 2011
    If you want PM me your address and I will send you some eggs from my blacks before they quit laying completely. It will give you somthing to compare yours to. Mine don't have much brown lacing at all like those. [​IMG]
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    They look like they are ringneck X melanistics. Look up chsseads and find his/her pheasant pics...the melanistics are really beautiful.

    ETA: They shouldn't have any brown lacing, that's from the ringneck blood.
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2011
  6. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    Thanks Shelly - that's what I wondered.
  7. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 28, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Yes,they are some type of melanistic,black,green,who knows with all the mixed breeds around.But definely a melanistic.
    In N.H.,Tony.

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