Baby Pheasants - so ARE they black melanistic?

pbjmaker

Crowing
11 Years
May 9, 2008
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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.










 

Rocket Up

In the Brooder
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Jan 7, 2011
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Nebraska
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.
 

shelleyd2008

the bird is the word
11 Years
Sep 14, 2008
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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.
 
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Tony K T

Crowing
11 Years
Jul 28, 2008
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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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