In the Brooder
- Aug 3, 2021
This spring, when breeding starts, should I remove the blinders off of my cocks? I have 18 pheasants in a averary thats varies in size. Part of it is 25x 100 and some of it is 35 by 50. One part is 50x 50 with a large coop with roost if they wanted to use it. The whole area is covered with averary netting. Most of the area is grass, and weeds, clover, and wild flowers. All 18 have have on blinders because I raised them and they became very canible . I intend to thin out the cocks, because I think I have 12 and only 6 hens. I wonder if the cocks will breed with the blinders on. They stopped picking on one another once I put the blinders on them at 6 weeks old. They are around 13 weeks old and just now really feathering out to show their sex. I have them on Game bird feed, plus oats, sunflower seed, and whole corn. I also give them lettuce, and meal worms. Hope to get eggs in the spring to set under my hens if I have any sitting. Your advice ?