Can a pheasant mate with chickens?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Sparklee, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. Sparklee

    Sparklee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 28, 2008
    I've got some friends who have chickens and they are telling me that a pheasant is mating with their chickens. Could this be true? Would a pheasant cock fly into the uncovered run and mate with chickens?

    They haven't seen the pheasant, but they say they know what a fertilized egg looks like. Since they don't have a rooster, it, therefore, must be a pheasant mating with their chickens.

    I think that a bullseye on the yolk is a sign of fertilization and they say it's blood in the egg, which I think is just a lack of Vit E or Vit A or some other lack in their feed.

    Main question: Can a pheasant mate with a chicken? Would the eggs be viable? What percentage? Would a pheasant ever be tempted to mate with a chicken? Why?

    Isn't it difficult for Jungle Fowl to mate with some chickens and produce viable eggs? Was it a male/female thing? I guess I'm trying to figure out which birds can mate with which birds. Obviously an ostrich and a penguin are incompatible, but maybe not with artificial insemination? If it were a Jeopardy! question, though, I would answer, "What is incompatible?"
  2. ArizonaNessa

    ArizonaNessa Joyfully Addicted

    Apr 7, 2009
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    We had a game hen hatch out chicks from a ringneck pheasant once when I was a kid.

    They didn't make it to maturity.

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